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Wrightslaw From Emotions to AdvocacyTraining
with Pat Howey, Advocate
Russellville, Arkansas, April 26, 2007

From Emotions to Advocacy, a Wrightslaw training program with Pat Howey, is being sponsored by Friendship Community Care.

The program will be held at:

Michild Enrichment Center
1301 Russell Road
Russellville, Arkansas 72802

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.


8:00-9:00 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 on your own
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 Technique
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 morning and afternoon refreshments, along with Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd Edition ($19.95 retail value). 



Registration is closed except for onsite walk-ins.

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

Questions? Please contact JoAnna Piker pikerj@friendship.state.ar.us or Katie Reynolds reynoldk@friendship.state.ar.us or call 479-967-2316 ext 226 or fax 479-967-3639.

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

Logistics, Directions, Accommodations


Michild Enrichment Center
1301 Russell Road
Russellville, Arkansas 72802

Directions to MiChild Enrichment Center

From West: (Oklahoma City Area)
Go East on I-40 for about 260 miles, then take exit #81(AR-7) when nearing Russellville
When off the exit turn Right onto North Arkansas Ave.
Take a Left onto Parkway and about half a mile down take a Left onto Knoxville Ave.
Next take a Right on to Russell Rd.

From North: (Jefferson, MO)
Find I-44 West, then take exit 82A onto US-65 South and go for about 77 miles
Take a hard Right on to AR-7 (East Stephenson) then turn Left on AR-125 (East O St.). After that take a Right on North Frankfort Ave, then Left onto East J St. short after take a Right on North Knoxville (there you will see Friendship Community Care Admin. Building). After Knoxville turn Left onto Russell Rd.

From South: (Dallas Area)
You want to get onto I-430 North then take exit # 13B to I-40 West (toward Fort Smith)
After about 65 miles take exit 84 toward Russellville. Take a Left on AR-331 then a Right on Main St. (US-64) after about a half a mile turn Right on Prairie Grv. (AR-326) then you will take a Left onto Russell Rd.

From East: (Atlanta Area)
Get on I-440 West going towards Memphis then you will be looking for I-40 West when on I-40 West you will go about 410 miles, find exit 84 toward Russellville. Off the exit take a Right on Main St. (US-64) after about a half a mile turn Right on Prairie Grv. (AR-326) then you will take a Left onto Russell Rd.

Please click here for directions from MapQuest.


Parking is available on-site at no charge.


Little Rock National Airport
Approximately 60 miles from conference location.


The following hotels are near the conference location. 

Hampton Inn Russellville
2304 N Arkansas Ave
Russellville, AR
(479) 858-7199

Fairfield Inn Russellville
120 E Harrell Dr
Russellville, AR
(479) 967-9030

Holiday Inn Russellville
2407 N Arkansas Ave
Russellville, AR
(479) 968-4300
Comfort Inn Russellville
3019 E Parkway Dr
Russellville, AR
(479) 967-7500


The following restaurants are near the conference location. 

La Huerta Mexican Restaurant
1510 E Main St
Russellville, AR
(479) 967-5611
5 minutes from conference site

Stoby's Restaurant
405 W Parkway Dr
Russellville, AR
(479) 968-3816
10 minutes from conference site

Quiznos Sub
407 N Arkansas Ave
Russellville, AR
(479) 968-7827
10 minutes from the conference site
New China Restaurant
2005 N Arkansas Ave
Russellville, AR
(479) 968-8881
15 minutes from conference site
Italian Gardens Cafe
319 W Main St
Russellville, AR
(479) 967-1707
10 minutes from conference site

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