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Wrightslaw Special Education and Advocacy Conference
with Peter Wright, Esq. and Pamela Darr Wright
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, December 5, 2007

Wrightslaw Special Education and Advocacy Conference, a Wrightslaw training program, is sponsored by The Oklahoma Disability Law Center -- and it's FREE for parents, family members, and individuals who work with children with disabilities and are residents of Oklahoma.

The program will be held at:

University of Central Oklahoma
Constitution Hall

100 N University Drive
Edmond, Oklahoma 73034

Program Description

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

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

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 Registration and Continental Breakfast


  • IDEA History and Overview
  • Section 1400 Findings, Purpose
  • Section 1401 Definitions: Special Education, Related Services, LD, etc.
  • Section 1412 Extended School Year, Child Find, Least Restrictive Environment/Mainstreaming/Inclusion, Private Placements, Statewide Assessments
10:30-10:45 Break
  • Understanding Tests and Measurements, and the Bell Curve, Standard Scores,
    Scale Scores, % ranks, Grade Equivalent, Age Equivalent
  • Section 1414(a) Evaluations and Re-Evaluations
  • Section 1414(d) IEPs, Present Levels of Performance, Goals and Objectives
12:00-1:00 Lunch
  • Section 1415 Prior Written Notice, Procedural Safeguards Notice, Mediation, Due
    Process Hearing, Appeal, Discipline, Age of Majority
  • Section 504, ADA, FERPA
  • NCLB No Child Left Behind
  • Litigation: Special Ed Caselaw
  • S.M.A.R.T. IEPs
  • Special Ed Advocacy for the Parent, Advocate, and Parent’s Attorney
  • Legal, systemic and “school culture” obstacles to compliance with IDEA-04
  • The Parent as the Special Ed Manager and Expert
  • Developing the Master Plan
  • Knowing the Rules of the Game
  • Recognizing and Avoiding the Fatal Obstacles
  • How to Deal with Conflict, a Healthy and Normal event
  • Crisis, Emergency, Help
  • Organization of the Child’s File
2:30-2:45 Break
  • Tactics and Strategies
  • Rule of Adverse Assumptions
  • Private Evaluations
  • Paper Trails
  • The Letter to the Stranger
  • 5 Ws + H + E
  • Preparation for Meetings
  • Meeting Strategies
4:00-4:30 Questions and Answers


This program is free to parents, significant family members, and individuals who represent or work with children with disabilities. Registrants will receive two books: Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition and Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd Edition.

Click here for the registration form.

Additional Info: CLE credits are pending. The fee for out of state registrants is $75. Please contact the Oklahoma Disability Law Center. Certificates of attendance will be available upon request.

Questions? Please call the Oklahoma Disability Law Center at (405) 525-7755 or 800-226-5883 (within Oklahoma only)

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

Logistics, Directions, Accommodations


University of Central Oklahoma, 100 N University Drive, Edmond, Oklahoma 73034

The University of Central Oklahoma is in Edmond, Oklahoma, on the northern edge of Oklahoma City. To get to the university, take Second Street in Edmond to Garland-Godfrey and turn right. Follow the signs to visitor parking. The University's website is http://www.ucok.edu/.

Click here for directions from MapQuest.


Free parking will be available in the visitors' parking lot at the University Center.


Will Rogers Airport
7100 Terminal Drive
Oklahoma City, OK 73159-0937
Approx. 30 minutes from conference location


There are many wonderful restaurants to choose from in the area.


There are many hotels in the area, here are just a few:

Broadway Suites

1305 South Broadway

Edmond, OK

(405) 341-6068 or (800) 200-3486

1.6 miles to University

Holiday Inn Express
3840 East 2nd Street

Edmond, OK 73034
(405) 844-3700
Rates: $99-$144 per night

Hampton Inn

300 Meline

Edmond, OK

(405) 844-3037 or (800) HAMPTON

2.3 miles to University

Best Western
2700 East 2nd Street
Edmond, OK 73034
(405) 216-0300
Rates: $75-$86 per night

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