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Wrightslaw From Emotions to Advocacy Training
with Pat Howey, Paralegal and Advocate
Downers Grove, Illinois, March 17, 2007

From Emotions to Advocacy, a Wrightslaw training program with Pat Howey, is part of the "All About Your Family Series" being brought to you by Easter Seals DuPage and The Fox Valley Region. This program is being sponsored by Burke, Mahoney & Wise, LLC, in conjunction with the Topfer Family Foundation.

The program will be held at:

2300 Warrenville Road
Downers Grove, IL 60515

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.


8:30-9:00 a.m. Registration
9:00-10:30 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
10:30-10:45 a.m. Break
10:45-12:00 p.m.

Tests & Measurements & the Bell Curve


12:00-1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00-2:30 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
2:30-2:45 p.m.


2:45-4:00 p.m.
  • The Gentle Art of Disagreeing
  • The Four Parent Rights
  • Why IEP Teams Disagree
  • Why Disagreement is Healthy
  • Both Sides Can be Right at the Same Time
  • The Written Opinion – What, Who, Why, When, & How
4:00-4:30 p.m. Questions and Answers


Your registration includes choice of turkey or veggie wrap box lunch, along with Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd Edition ($19.95 retail value). No outside food or drink is permitted.


To register or for more information, download the brochure.

To Register by Mail:

Easter Seals DuPage and The Fox Valley Region
Attn: Sharon Pike
830 South Addison Avenue
Villa Park, IL 60181

Questions? Please contact Sharon Pike at (630) 282-2036 or Cara Long at (630) 620-4433.

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


Aramark, 2300 Warrenville Road, Downers Grove, IL 60515

Click here to download directions.

Please click here for directions from MapQuest.


Parking is available on-site at no charge. All Participants must park in the lot located between 2300 and 2500 Building (West Parking Lot). No parking is allowed in the west lot located near Packard Instruments.


Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD)
10000 Bessie Coleman Dr
Chicago, IL 60666
Approximately 25 miles from conference location.

Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW)
5700 S Cicero Ave
Chicago, IL 60638
Approximately 28 miles from conference location.


The following hotels are near the conference location. 

Extended Stay America
3150 Finley Rd
Downers Grove, IL
(630) 810-4124
Rate approx. $55.00 per night

Extended Stay America
445 Warrenville Rd
Lisle, IL 60532
(630) 434-7710
Rate approx. $65.00 per night

DoubleTree Guest Suites
211 Butterfield
Downers Grove, IL 60515
(630) 971-2000

Holiday Inn Express of Downers Grove
3031 Finley Rd
Downers Grove, IL 60515
(630) 810-9500


There is a very limited selection of restaurants near the conference location. 

Baker's Square
3000 Oak Grove Road
Downers Grove
Best Szechwan Restaurant
2009 Ogden Avenue
Downers Grove
Bud's Place
500 75th Street
Downers Grove
Doubletree Guest Suites
2111 Butterfield Road
Downers Grove
Downer's Grove Chop Suey
4956 Main Street
Downers Grove
Du Page Inn Lounge
2410 Ogden Avenue
Downers Grove
Eagle Restaurant
406 Maple Avenue
Downers Grove
El Famous Restaurant
1336 75th Street
Downers Grove

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