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Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Conference
with Peter Wright, Esq. and Pamela Darr Wright
Chapel Hill, NC, September 18, 2008


Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Conference, a Wrightslaw training program featuring Pete and Pam Wright, is being sponsored by Wake County Special Education PTA, Triangle Down Syndrome Network and the International Dyslexia Association.

The program will be held at:Conference Center

The William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education

100 Friday Center Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27599

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 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



Early Bird Registration
(postmarked by July 31, 2008)

Regular Registration
(On or after August 1, 2008)


*Couples will receive one set of books.

NOTE: Space is now limited. Registration will remain open and a waitlist will be maintained until September 10th in case of cancellations.

Lunch and break-time snacks are included. Registrants will also receive two books Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition and Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd Edition.

Download brochure here.

Click here to register online.

Questions? Please contact
Wake County Special Education PTA by Phone: 919-788-2500, Fax: 704-772-9909 or email Info@wakesepta.org.

Additional Information: .6 CEU's (continuing education units) and 6 CLE's (continuing legal education) credits have been approved for this conference.

Note: The conference is expected to sell out, but we will maintain a waiting list in case of cancellations. No Refunds (unless we are notified by September 10 that you cannot attend).

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

Logistics, Directions, Accommodations


From Winston-Salem, Greensboro, and points West:

Take I-40 East to Exit 273 (Hwy 54 West/Chapel Hill). Turn right at top of ramp. Proceed to the fourth stoplight, turn left onto Friday Center Drive (approximately two miles), and take the second right into the Friday Center parking area. Guest parking is on the left; the Friday Center is on the right.

From Durham:

Take I-85 South to 15-501. Take I-40 East to Exit 273 and follow the directions above.

From Charlotte:

Take I-85 North to Greensboro (I-85 and I-40 intersect in Greensboro) and follow the directions from Greensboro above.

From Raleigh:

Take I-40 to Exit 273A (Hwy 54 West/Chapel Hill). Proceed to the fifth stoplight, turn left onto Friday Center Drive (approximately two miles), and take the second right into the Friday Center parking area. Guest parking is on the left; the Friday Center is on the right.

From points south of Chapel Hill, arriving on Hwy 15-501 North:

Take the 15-501/54 East bypass as you approach Chapel Hill. Take the Hwy 54 East exit (approximately two miles) toward Raleigh. Proceed to the fourth stoplight, turn right onto Friday Center Drive, and take the second right into the Friday Center parking area. Guest parking is on the left; the Friday Center is on the right.

Click here for directions from MapQuest.


Free Parking is available at the conference center.


Raleigh-Durham International Airport
(Approximately 15 miles from conference location).


Marriott Hotel
100 Marriott Way
Chapel Hill, NC 27599

Hampton Inn
6121 Farrington Road.
Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Holiday Inn Express
6119 Farrington Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27517



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