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William & Mary Law School, the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association,
the Legal Aid Society of Eastern Virginia, and the Peninsula Autism Society
are co-s
ponsoring a
Wrightslaw Special Education Program as a Fundraiser for the
Parents Engaged for Learning Equality (PELE)
Special Education Advocacy Program
Friday, January 30, 2009

This Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Conference with Pete Wright and Pam Wright is being co-sponsored by the William & Mary Law School, the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, the Legal Aid Society of Eastern Virginia* and the Peninsula Autism Society as a fundraiser for the Parents Engaged for Learning Equality (PELE) Special Education Advocacy Program.

The program will be held at:Sadler Center at William & Mary

Sadler Center
Commonwealth Auditorium
William & Mary
Stadium Drive
Williamsburg, VA 23186

Important Notice: If you are attending this program, please print this Visitor's Parking Pass that will allow you to park at William & Mary Hall Parking. https://www.wrightslaw.com/speak/wm.parking.pass.pdf

Program Description

This one-day special education law and advocacy program will focus on four areas:

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


8:00-9:00 Registration


  • 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

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.

Your registration fee includes two books, Wrightslaw: Special Education Law and Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy (retail value $50.00), lunch and beverages.

Registration Fee
By January 23
Professional (includes credits)
H&W / Parents **
W&M Student

* LASEVA attorneys can register at no charge, books included. Please call to register.

** The H&W / Parents rate applies to parents, step-parents, and custodial parents/ grandparents/ caregivers who are involved in raising a child with a disability. A couple will receive one set of books.

Note: Walk-In registration available for an additional $25.00. Register today and save!

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Online registration - it's fast and easy!

Download the mail & fax registration form.

Credits: 0.6 CEU's (continuing education units) and 6 CLE's (continuing legal education) credits have been approved for this conference.

Snow Date: February 13, 2009.

Cancellation Policy: No refunds available if written or verbal notification is not received by 5 p.m. Thursday, January 29, 2009.

Vendor Opportunities: Tables available for $150.00. Call today to reserve.

Please contact Debra Pratt by email, or by phone at 877-529-4332.

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

Logistics, Directions, Accommodations


Click here for directions to the Sadler Center. Map of the William & Mary Campus.


Parking is located along Richmond Road and Stadium Drive. Parking also available at William and Mary Hall parking lot. Print parking pass.


Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport
(Approximately 18 miles from conference location)

Richmond International Airport

(Approximately 38 miles from conference location)


The Williamsburg Hospitality House
415 Richmond Road
Williamsburg, VA 23185
Reservations call 800-932-9192

Note: Special conference rate of $79 - Single/Double Occupancy

Reservations from Wednesday, January 28 through Saturday, January 31, 2009.
For special rate mention the "Wrightslaw" conference.

Free underground parking, and walking distance to the W&M Sadler Center.

For a full list of local hotels click here.

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