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Wrightslaw Special Education Law & Advocacy Boot Camp
with Wayne Steedman, Esq., and Pat Howey, Paralegal and Advocate
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, November 4-5, 2006

Special Education Law & Advocacy Training, a Wrightslaw training program with Wayne Steedman and Pat Howey, is being sponsored by The Unicorn Children's Foundation.

The program will be held at:

Nova Southeastern University
Morris Auditorium
3301 College Avenue
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33314

Program Description

Participants will learn about changes in IDEA 2004 including:

  • New requirements for initial evaluations, reevaluations & parental consent
  • New requirements for IEPs, IEP goals, IEP teams, IEP meetings
  • New eligibility issues for students with specific learning disabilities
  • New procedural requirements and timelines, including the “Due Process Complaint Notice” and “Resolution (IEP) Session.”

Participants will learn about requirements in No Child Left Behind including:

  • Reading and research based instruction
  • Highly qualified teachers
  • Parental rights and options
  • High stakes testing

Participants will also learn how to:

  • Use tests and measurements to measure progress
  • Write SMART IEPs
  • Use tactics and strategies for effective advocacy
Day 1: Special Education Laws
8:00 - 9:00Registration & Continental Breakfast
9:00 - 10:30Overview of IDEA
10:30 - 10:50Networking Coffee Break
10:50 - 12:05IDEA Sections
12:05 - 1:30Networking Lunch
1:30 - 3:00Measuring a Child's Progress
3:00 - 3:20Networking Coffee Break
3:20 - 4:30Procedural Safeguards, Section 504
4:30 - 5:00Question and Answer Session
Day 2: SMART IEPs, NCLB, Advocacy Strategies
8:00 - 9:00Continental Breakfast
9:00 - 10:30Review and No Child Left Behind
10:30 - 10:50Networking Coffee Break
10:50 - 12:05Writing Smart IEPs
12:05 - 1:30Networking Lunch
1:30 - 3:00Tactics and Strategies for Effective Advocacy
3:00 - 3:20Networking Coffee Break
3:20 - 4:30Negotiating and Survival Strategies
4:30 - 5:00Question and Answer Session


Your registration includes continental breakfast, morning coffee break, lunch, afternoon coffee break, Wrightslaw IDEA 2004, Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, Second Edition, and Florida Statutes & State Board of Education Rules ($50.00 combined retail value).

Registration Fees

Regular Registration

Parents/Advocates $75
College Students $65
Professionals $150

Download the informational flyer and printable registration form here (PDF).
Download the press release here (PDF).
Download the "Save the Date" flyer here (PDF).

Click here for online registration.

Mail your completed registration form to:

The Unicorn Children's Foundation
3350 NW Boca Raton Blvd., Ste. A28
Boca Raton, FL 33431

Make checks payable to: The Unicorn Children's Foundation

Fax your completed registration form to:

(561) 620-9376

Questions? Questions should be directed to Sharon Alexander, M.H.Sc. by phone (888) 782-8321 or by fax (561) 620-9376.

Additional Information: CEUs have been approved for 1.2 units (12 contact hours) and CLE's have been approved for 14 general credits.

Wrightslaw programs often fill up early - don't miss out! Register today!

Logistics, Directions, Accommodations


Nova Southeastern University, Morris Auditorium, 3301 College Avenue, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33314

From I-95 or Florida's Turnpike: Exit at I-595, proceed west to University Drive exit. Turn left (south) onto University Drive. Proceed approximately 1 ½ miles to SW 30 Street (Abe Fischler Blvd.), turn left (east). NSU's main campus will be on the right side.

From University Drive: From North of I-595, Take University Drive south 1 ½ miles past I-595 to SW 30 Street (Abe Fischler Blvd). Turn left (east). NSU's main campus will be on the right side.

From South of Griffin Road: Take University Drive north approximately 2 miles past Griffin Road to SW 30 Street (Abe Fischler Blvd.). Turn right (east). NSU's main campus will be on the right side.

From I-75: From Miami heading north or west coast/Naples heading east, Merge onto I-595 eastbound (towards Fort Lauderdale). Exit at University Drive exit, turn right (south). Proceed approximately 1 ½ miles on University Drive to SW 30 Street (Abe Fischler Blvd.), turn left (east). NSU's main campus will be on the right side.

Click here for a PDF campus map.

Please click here for directions from MapQuest.


Parking is available on campus free of charge.


Hollywood/Ft. Lauderdale International Airport
Approximately 10 miles from conference location.


*A special rate of $89.00 per night is available at Courtyard by Marriott. Reference "IDEA Symposium" to receive the discounted rate. Reservations must be made prior to October 16th. Beyond this date, the conference rate will be honored on an as-available basis.

Courtyard by Marriott*
7780 SW 6th Street
Plantation, Fl. 33324
(954) 475-1100
3.58 miles from conference facility

La Quinta Inn & Suites
8101 Peters Road
Plantation, Fl. 33324
(954) 476-6047
3.16 miles from conference facility
Renaissance Hotel - Plantation
1230 South Pine Island Road
Plantation, Fl. 33324
(954) 472-2252
3.29 miles from conference facility
Hampton Inn
7801 SW 6th Street
Plantation, Fl. 33324
(954) 382-4500
3.32 miles from conference facility

Homestead Plantation Davie
7550 State Road 84
Davie, Fl. 33317
(954) 476-1211
2.42 miles from conference facility

Extended Stay America-Plantation
7755 SW 6th Street
Ft. Lauderdale, Fl. 33324
(954) 382-8888
3.62 miles from conference facility
Ameri Suites
8530 W. Broward Boulevard
Plantation, Fl. 33324
(954) 370-2220
4.56 miles from conference facility
Sheraton Suites
311 N. University Dr.
Plantation Fl. 33324
(954) 424-3300
4.86 miles from conference facility
Holiday Inn Express and Suites
1701 N. University Drive
Plantation, Fl. 33322
(954) 472-5600
5.53 miles from conference facility
Comfort Suites Davie
2540 Davie Road
Davie, Fl. 33317
(954) 585-7071
7.51 miles from conference facility


3305 S. University Drive
Davie, FL 33328
1.32 miles from conference facility
Chicken Kitchen
3325 S. University Drive
Davie, FL 33328
1.6 miles from conference facility
Ruby Tuesday
6405 Nova Drive
Davie, FL 33317
1.13 miles from conference facility
Tijuana Taxi
4400 S. University Drive
Davie, FL 33328
1.83 miles from conference facility
2375 S. University Drive
Davie, FL 33324
1.82 miles from conference facility

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