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Wrightslaw Special Education Law & Advocacy Boot Camp
with Peter Wright, Esq. and Pamela Darr Wright
Long Island, New York, November 13-14, 2009

This two-day Special Education Law & Advocacy Training, a Wrightslaw training program featuring Pete and Pam Wright is being sponsored by The Elija Foundation.

The program will be held at:

Residence Inn by Marriott
Media Center
9 Gerhard Road
Plainview, NY 11803

Program Description

Participants will learn about changes in IDEA 2004 including:

  • New requirements for initial evaluations, reevaluations & parental consent
  • New requirements for IEPs, IEP goals, IEP teams, IEP meetings
  • New eligibility issues for students with specific learning disabilities
  • New procedural requirements and timelines, including the “Due Process Complaint Notice” and “Resolution (IEP) Session.”

Participants will learn about requirements in No Child Left Behind including:

  • Reading and research based instruction
  • Highly qualified teachers
  • Parental rights and options
  • High stakes testing

Participants will also learn how to:

  • Use tests and measurements to measure progress
  • Write SMART IEPs
  • Use tactics and strategies for effective advocacy
Day 1: Special Education Laws
8:00-9:00 Registration and Continental Breakfast
  • Introductions, Agenda, Pre-test
  • Overview: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA of 2004)
10:30-10:45 Break

IDEA (con’t)

  • Section 1400: Findings & Purposes
  • Section 1401: Definitions
  • Section 1412: “Catchall Statute” – Least Restrictive Environment
  • (LRE), ESY, Notice, Statewide Assessments


12:00-1:00 Lunch
  • Measuring Progress: Tests & Measurements & the Bell Curve Demo: How to Chart Test Scores
  • Section 1414: Evaluations, Consent
  • Individualized Educational Programs (IEPs)
2:30-2:45 Break
  • Section 1415: Procedural Safeguards - Prior Written Notice, Procedural Safeguards Notice, Mediation, Due Process Hearings, Appeal, Discipline
  • Section 504: Discrimination, Retaliation, Damages
  • Review and Homework Assignment
4:00-4:30 Questions and Answers
Day 2: SMART IEPs, NCLB, Advocacy Strategies
  • Review: Law, Tests & Measurements, Bell Curve
  • No Child Left Behind: Reading, Research Based Instruction
  • Highly Qualified Teachers
  • Paraprofessionals
  • Parent “Right to Know”


10:30-10:45 Break
10:45-12:00 SMART IEPs (cont'd)
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-2:30 Advocacy Strategies, Crisis Management
  • Emotions, Conflict
  • Obstacles to Successful Advocacy
  • School Culture
  • Rule of Adverse Assumptions
2:30-2:45 Break

Advocacy Strategies (con’t)

  • Hazards of Litigation & Outcome Prediction
  • Comprehensive Evaluations
  • Negotiating; Paper Trails & Letters
  • School Meetings: Preparation & Survival Strategies
4:00-4:30 Questions and Answers


Registration Fees
Elija Members
Non Elija Members

Note: Walk-In registration subject to availability. Call to confirm that space is available.

Download the printable registration form.

Click here to register online.

Your registration includes a light breakfast and lunch for both day's. Also included are the books, Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition and Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd Edition ($50.00 retail value).

Credits: 1.2 CEU's (continuing education units) have been approved for this conference. The $18 fee can be paid at the conference. 14 CLE credits have been approved. Areas of Professional Practice: 7.0 credit hours and Skills: 7.0 credit hours.

Scholarship Info: Click here to view the scholarship form.

Additional Information: Those with dietary restrictions are kindly asked to bring their own lunch.

Questions? Contact the Elija Foundation by phone 516-433-4321 or email.

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

Logistics, Directions, Accommodations


Residence Inn by Marriott, 9 Gerhard Road, Plainview, NY 11803

From LIE: Northern State or Southern State Parkways to Rt. 135. Exit 10 East (Old Country Road) off the Seaford/Oyster Bay expressway (Rt 135). Go aprox. one traffic light and make a right turn on Gehard Rd. (Hess Gas Station and Fire House). The hotel is immediately on the right and the parking lot is on the left.

Please click here for directions from MapQuest.


There is limited parking in front of the hotel if you arrive early. There is a parking lot across the street from the hotel. The garage is reserved for hotel guests. There will be a parking attendant on duty. Arrive early. It is quite a walk from the parking lot, up a hill to the hotel. You can also park on the neighborhood streets.


LaGuardia International Airport

Kennedy JFK

MacArthur Airport

All three airports are approximately 1 hour from the conference location.

Train: At Hicksville Train Station, if you take a cab, it is approximately a 5 minute ride.


There are many hotels in the area, including:

Residence Inn by Marriott (Conference Hotel)
9 Gerhard Road
Plainview, NY 11803
(516) 433-6200

Four Points by Sheraton
333 South Service Road
Plainview, NY 11803
(516) 694-6500
Holiday Inn of Plainview
215 Sunnyside Blvd.
Plainview, NY 11803
(516) 349-7400


There are many restaurants in the area.

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