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

Albuquerque, NM

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Conference, a Wrightslaw training program featuring Pete Wright, Esq., is being sponsored by Education for Parents of Indian Children with Special Needs. This is a Pre-Academy session kicking off the 9th Annual Family Leadership Academy which runs from March 22nd through March 24th, 2012. Click here to view the entire program.

The program will be held at:

Sheraton Uptown Hotel
2600 Louisiana Blvd. Northeast
Albuquerque, NM 87110

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.


8:00-9:00 Registration and Continental 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

Individual $125 *

* This registration fee is for the Wrightslaw program only. Receive a $25 discount if you sign up for the Pre-Academy session with Pete Wright and the full Family Leadership Academy. Download the program for details.

Registration includes Continental Breakfast, lunch and 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 the conference brochure.

Download the Wrightslaw Pre-Academy flyer.

Download the printable registration form.

Credits: Salish Kootenai College will offer CEU's (continuing education units) for free.

Scholarships: Parent scholarships are available. If awarded, the registrant must participate in the one-day Academy session with Pete Wright and the next two and one half days of the Academy. Deadline to submit an application is December 2, 2011 at 5 pm (MDT). Download the scholarship application.

Refund Policy: You must contact the sponsors on or before March 7, 2012 to receive a one half refund. After March 8, 2012 no refunds are available.

Questions? Contact Alvino Sandoval by telephone 505-767-6630 at ext. 301 or toll free 1-888-499-2070 at ext. 301 or by email.

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

Logistics, Directions, Accommodations


Click here for directions to the Sheraton Uptown Hotel.


Parking is available free at the hotel.


Albuquerque Sunport International Airport (ABQ)
(approximately 10 miles to venue)


The Sheraton Uptown Hotel is offering a rate of $90 per night plus 13%. Click here to register online. To register by telephone call 1-800-325-3535. The cut off date to register to receive the discount is March 7, 2012 at 12:00 pm (MDT)

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