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Wrightslaw From Emotions to Advocacy Training
with Pat Howey, Paralegal and Advocate - FREE Registration for Parents
Charlotte, North Carolina, January 26, 2007

From Emotions to Advocacy, a Wrightslaw training program with Pat Howey, is being sponsored by The Parker Autism Foundation. This Wrightslaw program is being offered as Day 1 of The Parker Autism Foundation's Special Needs Conference.

The program will be held at:

Double Tree Guest Suite SouthPark
6300 Morrison Blvd
Charlotte, NC 28211

01/15/06 Update - Free Registration for Parents! A sponsor of The Parker Autism Foundation has just offered free registration to a limited number of parents of children with autism who register in the next few days. To find out more about this offer and to learn if free slots are still available, please call the Parker Autism Foundation at 704-819-4952. Wrightslaw programs often "sell out" early. Even if you miss the free registration opportunity, we encourage you to register ASAP.

Program Description

In From Emotions to Advocacy training programs (one day, 6 hours), parent advocate Pat Howey teaches you how to take an active role in managing your child's special education, the gentle art of disagreeing, and how to maintain healthy working relationships with the school.

You will learn:

  • how to assess your child's strengths and needs
  • how to prepare a Parent Report for the IEP team
  • how build healthy working relationships with school personnel
  • how document information that may prevent or resolve disputes
  • how to participate as an equal member of your child's IEP team

Wrightslaw programs are designed to meet the needs of parents, educators, health care providers, advocates and attorneys who represent children with disabilities regarding special education. The program is not disability specific.


7:30-8:30 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30-10:00 a.m. Overview of agenda
  • Review of Applicable Sections of Reauthorized IDEA 2004
  • Preparing for IEP Team Meetings–The Parent Report
  • Taming the Paper Trial
  • Present Levels of Academic Achievement Strengths, Challenges, Needs Goals/Benchmarks
  • Words of Advice to Parents and Schools
10:00-10:15 a.m. Break
10:15-11:30 a.m. Tests & Measurements & the Bell Curve
11:30-12:30 p.m. Lunch (on your own)
12:30-2:00 p.m. Playing the IEP
  • Understanding the Power Structure
  • The Art of Negotiation
  • When the answer is “No”
  • The Rule of Threes
  • The Delphi Techniques
2:00-2:15 p.m.


2:15-3:30 p.m. The Gentle Art of Disagreeing
3:30-4:00 p.m. Questions and Answers


Your registration includes continental breakfast and afternoon snack, along with Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd Edition ($19.95 retail value). Lunch is on your own.

$106.00 FREE to Parents

To register or for more information, please download the information sheet and registration form.

Questions? Please contact The Parker Autism Foundation at (704) 819-4952, parkerautism@carolina.rr.com, or on the web at http://www.parkerautismfoundation.org.

Additional Information: .6 CEU's have been approved for this conference. The additional $9.00 fee can be paid at the conference.

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

Logistics, Directions, Accommodations


Double Tree Guest Suite SouthPark, 6300 Morrison Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28211

From: I-77 to Exit 5 (Tyvola road), east on Tyvola Road, Tyvola changes to Fairview Road, follow Fairview to Barclay Downs, left on Barclay Downs, right at second stop light on to Morrison Blvd. Hotel is the first right after turning onto Morrison Blvd.

Please click here for directions from MapQuest or download customized directions on the hotel's website.


Parking is available on-site at no charge.


Charlotte-Douglas International Airport (CLT)
5501 Josh Birmingham Parkway
Charlotte, NC 28208

Approximately 8 miles from conference location.


The following hotels are near the conference location. 

Double Tree Guest Suite SouthPark (Conference Hotel)
6300 Morrison Blvd
Charlotte, NC 28211
(704) 364-2400
Reservations (800) 222-TREE
Special Hotel Rate of $119 per room based on double accommodations. Just mention "The Parker Autism Foundation Conference"

Hyatt Hotels & Resorts
5501 Carnegie Blvd
Charlotte, NC
(0.21 miles away)

Park Hotel
2200 Rexford Rd
Charlotte, NC
(0.23 miles away)

Residence Inn-Charlotte Sthprk
6060 Ja Jones Dr
Charlotte, NC
(0.64 miles away)

Best Western Inn
242 E Woodlawn Rd
Charlotte, NC
(3.04 miles away)

Days Inn
118 E Woodlawn Rd
Charlotte, NC
(3.19 miles away)


The following restaurants are near the conference location. 

Toscana Italian Restaurant
6401 Morrison Blvd # 680
Charlotte, NC
(0.14 miles away)

Manzetti's Bar & Grill
6401 Morrison Blvd
Charlotte, NC
(0.14 miles away)
Smoky's Grill
2200 Rexford Rd
Charlotte, NC
(0.25 miles away)
California Pizza Kitchen
4400 Sharon Rd
Charlotte, NC
(0.48 miles away)
Maggiano's Little Italy
4400 Sharon Rd
Charlotte, NC
(0.48 miles away)

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