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Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Conference
with Wayne Steedman, Esq.
Broomfield, (Boulder Area), Colorado, September 25, 2008


Wrightslaw Special Education and Advocacy Conference, a Wrightslaw training program featuring Wayne Steedman, is being co-sponsored by the Autism Society of Boulder County the Law Offices of Louise Bouzari, LLC, the Association for Community Living in Boulder County, Autism Speaks Colorado, Peak Parent Center and the IDA-RMB.

The program will be held at:

Broomfield Auditorium
3 Community Park Road 
Broomfield, CO 80020

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


Registration Fees
Early Bird (On or before July 31)
August 1 and After
* Couples
Professional (includes CLE's and CEU's)

Registration fee includes continental breakfast and boxed lunch.

Registrants will also receive two books, Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition and Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd Edition.

* Couples receive one set of books.

Please download and distribute the brochure.

Click here to register online.

You can register by calling 303-502-7490

Credits - .6 CEU's (continuing education units) have been approved for this conference. The Colorado Supreme Court Board of Continuing Legal and Judicial Education has approved 7 general credits (CLE's) for this conference.

Additional Information - Click here to download a copy of the Colorado State Regulations.

Questions? Please contact Autism Society of Boulder County by telephone 720-272-8231, fax 866-826-3995 or by email.

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

Logistics, Directions, Accommodations


From points west - via Boulder
Take Hwy 36 toward Denver to the Broomfield/Lafayette exit
Follow signs to 287 north to Midway Blvd (first traffic light near Target)
Turn right onto Midway and continue to Main St
Turn right on Main and continue to Community Park Rd
Turn left onto Community following signs to Library and Auditorium
Continue as it curves to front (east) entrance of audi

From points south - via Denver

Take Hwy 36 to the Church Ranch/104th Av exit
Turn right onto 104th and get into left turn lane at the next light
Turn left onto Westminster Blvd and continue on this road as it becomes Main St
Continue on Main, crossing intersections at 112, 120 and First Av
Turn right onto Community Park Rd following signs to Library and Auditorium
Continue on Community Park as it curves to front (east) entrance of audi

From points north - via Fort Collins or from the south -via Colorado Springs

Take I-25 to the 120th Av exit (West) toward Westminster/Broomfield
Continue west on 120th to traffic light at Lamar & Greenway Sts (at Applebees)
Turn right (north) onto Lamar and follow to the next stop sign at First Av
Cross First and continue north on Lamar to Community Park Rd (next left)
Turn left into the parking lot which leads to the audi entrance

From points east - via Brighton

Take I-76 west following signs to Hwy 36 west (toward Boulder)
Take Hwy 36 to Church Ranch/104 Av exit
Turn right onto 104th and get into left turn lane at the next light
Turn left onto Westminster Blvd and continue as it becomes Main St
Continue on Main, crossing intersections at 112, 120 and First Av
Turn right onto Community Park Rd (following signs to Library and Audi)
Continue on Community as it curves to front (east) entrance of audi

Click here for directions from MapQuest.


Parking is free and available onsite.


Denver International Airport
6901 Tower Road
Denver, CO 80249

(Approximately 35 miles to conference location)


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


Radisson North Denver Graystone Castle
83 East 120th Ave.
Thornton, Colorado 80233
Reservations: 888-201-1718
Note: Group rate available.

For additional local hotels click here.

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