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Wrightslaw: All About IEPs
with Pete Wright, Esq. and Ruth Heitin, Ph.D.

Fairfax, VA

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Wrightslaw All About IEPs, a Wrightslaw training program featuring Pete Wright, Esq. and Ruth Heitin, Ph.D. is being sponsored by the Autism Society of Northern Virginia.


The program will be held at:

George Mason University
Johnson Center Dewberry Hall

4400 University Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030

(Note: A color pdf map of the campus is at:
The Johnson Center is building #28 in grid E4. The Parking Deck, Mason Pond, is building #39 in grid D4. You might want to print the map and take it with you.)

Program Description

This one-day, five hour program about IEPs will focus on:

  • The IEP statute, Regulations, and Commentary to the regulations
  • Recent IEP caselaw
  • Drafting of SMART IEPs

You will learn:

  • Legislative history and how IEPs have evolved
  • How to draft IEPs based on the unique needs of a child.
  • What is and what is not permissible in IEPs.
  • How to create a teamwork relationship with parents and school staff so that the child benefits.

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
  • Educational Goals and Objectives Prior to the Education for All Handicapped Children Act of 1975.
  • IDEA Legislative History relating to IEPs and Management by Objectives (MBO)
  • 20 USC 1414(d) - The IEP statute
  • 34 CFR 300.320 - 328 - The IEP special education regulations.


10:30-10:45 Break
  • The US Dept of Education's "Commentary" about the regulations.
  • Recent legal cases about IEPs
  • From the 1983's "A Nation at Risk" to No Child Left Behind's application to IEPs.
12:15-1:00 Lunch
  • Understanding Tests and Measurements, the Bell Curve, Standard Scores, Scale Scores, % ranks, Grade Equivalent, Age Equivalent and their use in drafting SMART IEPs.
  •   Specific
  •   Measurable
  •   Action words
  •   Realistic
  •   Time specific
2:30-3:00 Questions and Answers

Registration Fees
Early Bird
On or Before
October 21, 2011

Couple *

* Couples receive one set of materials.

Click here to register online.

Download the printable registration form.

Registration fee includes Continental Breakfast, Lunch, and two books Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd Edition, and Wrightslaw: All About IEPs and two CD-Roms Legal Requirements of IEPs and Understanding Your Childs Test Scores.

Credits: 5.0 CLE's (continuing legal education) credits and 0.5 (5 contact hours) of CEUs (continuing education units) have been approved. Credits/Units will cost an additional $10 made payable at the conference.

Refund Policy: No refunds are available after October 28, 2011.

Questions? Contact Kymberly DeLoatche by telephone 703-495-8444 or by email.

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

Logistics, Directions, Accommodations


Click here for directions to the venue.


Parking will cost $12 at the Mason Pond Parking Deck. There is a GMU CUE bus that provides transportation from Vienna Metro (orange line) to Campus. Find out more.


Dulles International (IAD)
(approximately 9 miles to venue)

Reagan National Airport (DCA)
(approximately 20 miles to venue)


Click here for local accommodations.

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