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IDEA 2004 & NCLB: What You Don't Know CAN Hurt You!
with Wayne Steedman, Esq.

Chicago, IL, May 2, 2009

IDEA 2004 & NCLB: What You Don't Know CAN Hurt You! a Wrightslaw training program with Wayne Steedman, Esq. is being brought to you by DisabilityGoTo, Inc. and co-sponsored by the Arc of Illinois, Family Matters, North-East Illinois Autism Society and Rally For Autism.

The program will be held at:

Meridian Banquet and Conference Center
1701 Algonquin Road
Rolling Meadows, IL 60008

Program Description

IDEA 2004 & NCLB: What You Don't Know CAN Hurt You! (one day, 6 hours) focuses on changes in IDEA 2004, the interrelationships between IDEA 2004 and No Child Left Behind, and how to use these laws to get better special education services for children with disabilities.

You will learn about:

  • new requirements for evaluations, reevaluations, parental consent
  • new requirements for IEPs, IEP teams, IEP meetings
  • new eligibility requirements for students with specific learning disabilities
  • requirements for accommodations on high stakes tests, accommodations guidelines, alternate assessments
  • new rules about discipline and manifestation reviews
  • new procedural requirements and timelines, including the “Due Process Complaint Notice” and “Resolution (IEP) Session”
  • requirements for reading programs, essential components of reading instruction, research based instruction
  • requirements for highly qualified teachers and paraprofessionals
  • new options and choices for children who attend struggling schools
  • how NCLB applies to children with disabilities

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.


7:15 - 8:00

8:00 - 9:30 Introductions; IDEA 2004: History and Overview; Section 1400: Findings & Purposes; Section 1401: Key Definitions in IDEA: Special Education, LD, etc.
9:30 - 10:00 Break
10:00 - 11:45 Section 1412: Child Find, Least Restrictive Environment, Private Placements, Statewide Assessments, Accommodations; Section 1414: Evaluations, Reevaluations, Parental Consent, Individualized Educational Programs (IEPs), IEP Teams, IEP Meetings
11:45 - 12:45 Lunch
12:45 - 2:15 Section 1415: Procedural Safeguards: Prior Written Notice; Resolution Session; Mediation; Requirements & Timelines for Due Process Hearings; Discipline. Proposed IDEA 2004 Regulations.
2:15 - 2:30 Break
2:30 - 3:15 No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB): IEPs; Research Based Instruction; Reading; Highly Qualified Special Education Teachers
3:15 - 3:45 Questions and Answers


Registration Fees
On or Before April 15
After April 15

Download and share the printable registration form.

Click here to register online.

The texts for this program (also included in your registration fee) are Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition and Wrightslaw: No Child Left Behind which includes the No Child Left Behind CD-ROM with dozens of publications, manuals, toolkits, and other useful resources ($60.00 combined retail value).

Credits: CLE's (continuing legal education) credits, CPDU's, QMRP's and NSW CEC's will be offered. Click here for additional information.

Additional Information:
Exhibitor and sponsorship information is available. Click here to learn more.

Cancellation Policy: All cancellations will be assessed a processing fee of $12. No refunds after April 15, 2009.

Questions? Please contact Kimberly Maddox-Reihl, by phone 517-420-3313, fax 309-304-4811 or email.

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

Logistics, Directions, Accommodations


Click here for directions to the Meridian Banquet and Conference Center.


Parking is free.


Chicago O'Hare
(7 miles from the Marriott Hotel)


Courtyard by Marriott
Chicago Arlington Heights South

100 West Algonquin Road
Arlington Heights, IL 60005
Special Rate of $74 a night.
Use conference code DGT


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

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