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Special Education Law
and Advocacy Training
by Peter W. D. Wright, Esq.
Fort Bragg, North Carolina
Thursday, September 20, 2007


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Army Community ServiceWrightslaw Special Education and Advocacy Training, a Wrightslaw program with Pete Wright
is brought to you by the Army Community Service Exceptional Family Member Program at the U.S. Army base in Fort Bragg, NC.

The program will be held at:

Center for Family Life & Religous Education, Ft. Bragg, NCWatters Center for Family Life & Religious Education
Bldg. 1-3358
Corner of Knox and Randolph Streets
Ft. Bragg, NC

Program Description

One-day special education law and advocacy programs focus on five areas:

  • special education law, rights and responsibilities
  • tests and measurements to measure progress & regression
  • introduction to tactics & strategies for effective advocacy
  • Issues unique to military dependents

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 Registration

Introductions & Review Agenda

  • Overview: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA 2004)
  • Findings and Purposes
  • Definitions
  • "Catchall Statute" - Least Restrictive Environment (LRE)
  • 10-day Notice, State Assessments, Accommodations

IDEA 2004 (cont'd)

  • Evaluations
  • Individualized Educational Programs (IEPs)
  • Procedural Safeguards
  • Tests & Measurements & the Bell Curve
12:00-1:00 Lunch on your own
  • Section 504
  • No Child Left Behind Act
  • Legal Issues Unique to Military Dependents
  • Advocacy Strategies - Rule of Adverse Assumptions & Crisis Management



Advocacy Strategies (cont'd)

  • Conflict
  • Obstacles to Effective Advocacy
  • Negotiating
  • Organizing the File
  • Comprehensive Psychoeducational Evaluation
  • Letters & Paper Trails
  • School Meetings: Preparation & Survival Strategies
  • Tactical and Strategical Issues Unique to Military Dependents
4:00-4:30Questions and Answers

Registration is free!

Download the registration form. The Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) has acquired funds so that this program and the books are free to all attendees. Attendance is limited to 150 participants.

It is expected that this program will become full very quickly.

All military families whose registration is received on or before September 13, 2007 will have priority over non-military registrations. Registrations for military and non-military should be submitted ASAP.

EFMP expects to have a stand-by / waiting list so it is imperative that you provide sufficient email and telephone information so that you can be reached. Even if you have submitted a reservation, do not show up unless you receive confirmation that your registration has been received and your attendance is approved. Be sure to bring the confirmation with you so that you can produce it at the gate to gain entry.

Your registration includes Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition and Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd Edition ($50.00 combined retail value).

* Couples receive one set of books.

Questions? Trisha Newton at 910-907-3395 or email trisha.m.newton@us.army.mil or fax at 910-396-8401.

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

Logistics, Directions, Accommodations


Click here for a map of Fort Bragg, NC. The intersection of Knox and Randolph Streets is in the upper right hand side. For a larger map of Fort Bragg, NC and its proximity to Interstate 95 and the Virginia and South Carolina border, click here.


The Watters Center for Family Life & Religious Education has its own parking lot, free of charge. However, non-military ID card holders will be required to go through an installation check point which consists of vehicle inspection/search and review of Driver’s License for ALL passengers in vehicle. Because of the check point / search / sign in delay, be sure to arrive early and bring your proof of confirmed registration.


There are several eating establishments on the base.


Click here for a link to information about nearby lodging.

North Carolina Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities

We built the North Carolina Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities so people can get reliable information and support.

The State Yellow Pages has many useful resources - evaluators, educational consultants, academic tutors, support groups, grassroots organizations, advocates, attorneys and others who help parents get services for their children.

If you provide a service, sign up to be listed on the Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities - this is a free service from Wrightslaw.

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