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

Santa Fe, NM


Wednesday, March 20, 2013

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 10th Annual Family Leadership Academy which runs from March 21 through March 23, 2013.

The program will be held at:

Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino
30 Buffalo Thunder Trail
Santa Fe, NM 87506

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 On or Before
March 1, 2013
Parent $150 $200
Professional $250 $300
College Student $75 $75

* This registration fee is for the Pre-Academy Session only. Click here to learn more about the three day Family Leadership Conference and it's fees.

Registration includes Continental Breakfast, lunch, snacks 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. Sold Out

Download the printable registration form.

Download and distribute the conference flyer.

Download the Pow-Wow invitation flyer.

Scholarships: No scholarships for the Wrightslaw Pre-Conference are available. Scholarships are available for the Family Leadership Conference. Contact the sponsors for more information.

Refund Policy: Cancel by March 1, 2013 and receive a 75% refund. No refunds are available after March 1, 2013.

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

From Santa Fe:
Take St. Francis Drive North.
St. Francis becomes Highway 84/285-- continue for approximately fourteen miles.
Take exit #177 (Buffalo Thunder Road) and turn right into the Buffalo Thunder Resort.

From Albuquerque (bypassing downtown Santa Fe):
Take Interstate 25 North towards Santa Fe for approximately 50 miles.
From Interstate 25 exit right onto the 599 Northbound Bypass for approximately 14 miles and exit onto US Highway 84/285 North towards Espanola/Taos.
Continue on Highway 84/285 for approximately 11 miles.
Take Exit #177 at Buffalo Thunder Road and turn right into the resort.

Click here for directions to the Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino.


Parking is free.


Albuquerque International Sunport (ABQ)
(approximately 70 miles to hotel)

Santa Fe Municipal Airport
(approximately 23 miles to venue)

Download printable airport directions and transportation options.

Note: American Eagle (AA) is the only commercial flight that arrives and departs from the Santa Fe Municipal Airport.


Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino is offering a special rate of $83 per night plus 12% tax for all rooms. Deadline to register to receive the discount is February 26, 2013.

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