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Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Conference
with Pete Wright, Esq.

Akron, OH

Thursday, February 23, 2012


Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Conference, a Wrightslaw training program featuring Pete Wright, Esq., is being sponsored by The University of Akron School of Law.

The program will be held at:

Quaker Square Inn
at The University of Akron

Ballrooms B & C
135 South Broadway
Akron, OH 44325

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.

Note: As an addition to the Agenda below, Pete will also discuss the new proposed DSM-5 revisions.


8:00-9:00 Registration and Breakfast


  • IDEA History and Overview
  • Section 1400 Findings, Purpose
  • Section 1401 Definitions: Special Education, Related Services, LD, etc.
10:30-10:45 Break
  • Section 1412 Extended School Year, Child Find, Least Restrictive Environment/Mainstreaming/Inclusion, Private Placements, Statewide Assessments
  • Understanding Tests and Measurements, and the Bell Curve, Standard Scores, Scale Scores, % ranks, Grade Equivalent, Age Equivalent
12:00-1:00 Lunch
  • Section 1414 Evaluations and IEPs
  • 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


Registration Fees Early Bird
Register on or before January 23, 2012

January 23, 2012

Individual $90 $100
Attorney's (includes CLE's) $150 $175
Other Professionals (includes CEU's) $100 $125

Registration includes breakfast, lunch and refreshments, three books Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition, Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd Edition, and Wrightslaw: All About IEPs.

Click here to register online.

Download and distribute the conference flyer.

Credits: 5.5 CLE (continuing legal education) credits have been approved. This program has also been approved for 5.5 CEU's (teaching continuing education units) through the University of Akron. Registrants will receive a certificate of attendance.

Scholarships: No scholarships are available for this conference.

Refund Policy: Refunds on registration fees will be made for cancellations received by January 23, 2012. No refunds will be made for cancellations received after January 23, 2012.

Questions? Contact Michele Novachek by email or telephone 330-972-6363.

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

Logistics, Directions, Accommodations


From Cleveland (Eastern Suburbs) Erie & Buffalo - I-271 South to I-77 South/Akron. Exit #22A Main/Broadway. Let on Broadway 1.2 miles. The Quaker Square Inn at The Akron hotel is on the right.

From Cleveland Hopkins Airport & Western Suburbs Via I-77 South - Exit airport, turn left at traffic light to 480 East. Follow 480 East (approximately 10 miles) to I-77 South. Follow I-77 South to Exit #22A Main/Broadway. Left on Broadway 1.2 miles. The Quaker Square Inn at The Akron hotel is on the right.

From Cleveland Via I-77 & Ohio Turnpike East Bound - Follow I-77 South to Exit #22A Main/Broadway. Left on Broadway 1.2 miles. The Quaker Square Inn at The Akron hotel is on the right.

From Youngstown, Pittsburgh, Ohio & PA Turnpikes, West Bound and I-80 - Take 76 West to I-77 North to Downtown Akron, Exit #22A Main/Downtown, merge right on South Broadway 1.2 miles. The Quaker Square Inn at The Akron hotel is on the right.


Parking available at the Quaker Square Inn parking lot and also AMPCO city lot on South Broadway.


Akron-Canton Regional Airport (CAK)
(approximately 17 miles to venue)

Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport (CLE)
(approximately 37 miles to venue)


We have reserved a block of rooms at the Ramada Inn at a special rate of $80.10 per night. For reservations at our discounted rate, please call 877-361-2502, Please mention The School of Law and our confirmation #58452774.

Click here for a list of nearby accommodations.

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