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Wrightslaw Special Education Law & Advocacy Boot Camp
with Pete Wright, Esq. and Pamela Darr Wright
Columbia, Maryland, November 10-11, 2006

Special Education Law & Advocacy Training, a Wrightslaw training program with Pete Wright and Pam Wright, is being co-sponsored by The Howard County Autism Society, the Family Advocacy & Parent Education (FAPE) Program, & The Parents Place of Maryland.

The program will be held at:

Howard County Community College
Instructional Lab Building
10901 Little Patuxent Parkway
Columbia, MD 21044

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
9:00 - 10:30Introductions, Agenda, Pre-test; Overview: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the Reauthorized IDEA of 2004
10:30 - 10:45 Break
10:45 - 12:00IDEA (cont'd) - Section 1400: Findings & Purposes; Section 1401: Definitions; 1412: "Catchall Statute", Least Restrictive Environment (LRE), ESY, Notice, Statewide Assessments; Review
12:00 - 1:00Lunch
1:00 - 2:30Measuring Progress: Tests & Measurements and the Bell Curve; Demo: How to Chart Test Scores; Section 1414: Evaluations, Consent, Individualized Educational Programs (IEPs)
2:30 - 2:45Break
2:45 - 4:00Section 1415: Procedural Safeguards - Prior Written Notice, Procedural Safeguards Notice, Mediation, Due Process Hearings, Appeal, Discipline; Section 504: Discrimination, Retaliation, Damages; Review and Homework Assignment
4:00 - 4:30Questions and Answers
Day 2: SMART IEPs, NCLB, Advocacy Strategies
9:00 - 10:30Review:  Law, Tests & Measurements, Bell Curve; No Child Left Behind: Reading, Research Based Instruction, Highly Qualified Teachers, Paraprofessionals, Parent "Right to Know"; SMART IEPs
10:30 - 10:45Break
10:45 - 12:00SMART IEPs (cont'd)
12:00 - 1:00Lunch
1:00 - 2:30Advocacy Strategies: Crisis Management, Emotions, Conflict, Obstacles to Successful Advocacy, School Culture, Rule of Adverse Assumptions
2:30 - 2:45Break
2:45 - 4:00Advocacy Strategies (cont'd): Hazards of Litigation and Outcome Prediction; Comprehensive Evaluations; Negotiating; Paper Trails & Letters; School Meetings: Preparation & Survival Strategies
4:00 - 4:30Questions and Answers


Your registration includes morning refreshments, lunch, Wrightslaw IDEA 2004 and Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, Second Edition ($35.00 combined retail value).

Note: Lunches will be unavailable for those registering after November 6, 2006.

Registration Fees


*Only 1 set of books for those registering as a couple.

Download the informational flyer and printable registration form here (PDF).

Mail your completed registration form to:

Howard County Autism Society
c/o 7231 Cadence Court
Columbia, MD 21046

Make checks payable to: Howard County Autism Society

SOLD OUT - To register online Click here.

Questions? Questions can be directed to Catriona Johnson or by calling (410) 760-5595.

Additional Information: The Parents’ Place of Maryland and the Howard County Autism Society are offering a limited number of subsidies for this conference. Please submit a letter requesting a registration subsidy for consideration to the address above.

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

Logistics, Directions, Accommodations


Howard County Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, MD 21044

From Silver Spring take Rt. 29 North. Take Exit 18 A-B. Veer Left at the fork in the exit, towards Town Center. Turn left onto Broken Land Parkway. Go two lights and turn LEFT onto Little Patuxent Parkway. Go two more lights and turn LEFT at Harper's Farm Rd./Howard Community College onto the campus.

From Baltimore take I-95 S. Take Exit 41A-B,RT. 175 West towards Columbia. RIGHT at the fork in the exit ramp. Follow RT. 175 West for about 5 miles. Once you cross RT. 29 the road becomes Little Patuxent Parkway. Continue on for another 2.5 miles. There are signs pointing towards the college. Turn LEFT at the intersection of Harper’s Farm Road onto the campus.

Please click here for directions from MapQuest.


Parking is free on-site.


Baltimore-Washington International Airport
Approximately 20 miles from conference location.


The following hotels are near the conference location. 

Sheraton Columbia Hotel
10207 Wincopin Cir
Columbia, MD 21044
(800) 444-6835

Courtyard by Marriott Columbia
8910 Stanford Blvd
Columbia, MD 21045
(800) 664-6835
Hilton Columbia
5485 Twin Knolls Road
Columbia, MD 21045-3247
(410) 997-1060


There are many restaurants are near the conference location. 

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