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Wrightslaw From Emotions to Advocacy Training
with Pat Howey, Paralegal and Advocate
Lansing, Michigan, March 23, 2007

From Emotions to Advocacy, a Wrightslaw training program with Pat Howey, is being co-sponsored by Opportunities Unlimited for the Blind, Michigan Parents of Children with Visual Impairments, and Parents of Blind Children of Michigan.

The program will be held at:

Holiday Inn South
6820 South Cedar
Lansing, MI

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 to build healthy working relationships with school personnel
  • how to 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.


8:00-9:00 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
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 Trail
  • 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 Game
  • 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 continental breakfast and lunch, along with Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd Edition ($19.95 retail value). 


*Includes 1 book and two sets of meals.

To register or for more information, download the brochure and registration form. Online registration will be available soon.

Mail your registration to:
Opportunities Unlimited for the Blind
P.O. Box 18253
Lansing, MI 48933

Fax your registration to: (517) 487-3924

Questions? Please contact Sherry Valdez at (517) 487-3923, (517) 487-3924 (fax) or strider@campt.org.

Additional Information: Registrations are due by March 9th. CEUs will be available at registration for an additional fee of $9.00.

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

Logistics, Directions, Accommodations


Holiday Inn South, 6820 S. Cedar, Lansing, MI

From Grand Rapids: Take I-96 E to Lansing; Exit 104-Cedar St/Holt; Merge onto E. Edgewood; Turn left onto Cedar St.; Holiday Inn is .5 miles on the right.

From Detroit: Take I-96 W toward Lansing; Exit 104-Cedar St/Holt; Merge onto E. Edgewood; Turn left onto Cedar St.; Holiday Inn is .5 miles on right.

From Kalamazoo: Take I-94 E to I-69 N (Exit 108-Lansing); I-69 N to I-96 E (Exit 72-Detroit); Exit 104-Cedar St/Holt; Merge onto E. Edgewood; Turn left onto Cedar St.; Holiday Inn is .5 miles on the right.

From Flint: Take I-69 W to US 127 S (Exit 89A-Lansing/Jackson); Merge onto I-96 W Grand Rapids; Exit 104-Cedar St./Holt; Merge onto E. Edgewood; Turn left onto Cedar St.; Holiday Inn is .5 miles on the right.

Please click here for directions from MapQuest.


Parking is available on-site at no charge. Location is accessible through public transportation.


Capitol City Airport (LAN)
4100 Capital City Blvd.
Lansing, MI 48906

Approximately 18 miles from conference location.


The following hotels are near the conference location. 




The following restaurants are within 1/4 miles of the conference location. 

6820 S Cedar St
Lansing, MI 48911
(517) 694-8123
6620 S Cedar St
Lansing, MI 48911
(517) 394-1341
6727 S Cedar St
Lansing, MI 48911
(517) 694-1299
Charlie Kang's
6724 S Cedar St
Lansing, MI 48911
(517) 699-8255
6636 S Cedar St
Lansing, MI 48911
(517) 393-9340

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