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

Wilton, CT
(near New Haven)

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Main Conference Room is SOLD OUT! Seats available for Live Feed*

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Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Conference
, a Wrightslaw training program featuring Pete Wright, Esq.,
is being sponsored by Advocate With Faith.

The program will be held on 10/17/2013 at:

WEPCO Church Complex
48 New Canaan Road
Wilton, CT 06897

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
Note: Pete will talk about the new Ninth Circuit Doug C. case which is a major case about IEPs and parental participation!

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 Morning Refreshments


  • 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 Fee Early Bird
August 1, 2013

Premium Seating
Section Sold Out 

$300 $310

Premier Seating
Section Sold Out 

$265 $275
Center Isle
Section Sold Out 
$180 $190
General Seating 1
Section Sold Out

$135 $145
General Seating 2
Section Sold Out 
$115 $125
Live Feed*   $99

* Includes morning coffee and books. No breakfast or lunch is available. You can however bring your own lunch. Read more about it.

Registration includes morning refreshments, 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 and share the conference flyer.

Meet and Greet with Pete Wright: The meet and greet has been moved to Oak & Almond Restaurant. The restaurant is right next door to the hotel where it was originally held at. The address is 544 Main Ave. (Rt. 7), Norwalk, CT 06851.

If you are a premier or premium seat holder or a FETA graduate and have not yet RSVP'd, there are still spaces available. Email Michelle to reserve your spot.

For all others register now for the meet and greet with Pete Wright for just $25.00.

There will not be an opportunity on the day of the conference to chat one on one with Pete.

Credits: .6 CEU's (continuing education units) have been approved for this conference.

Exhibitor Info: Vendor space is available for therapeutic, medical and educational related businesses only. Please email for additional information.

Scholarships: Limited scholarships will be available. For information, please contact the sponsors. There are no more scholarships available for this conference.

Refund Policy: There are no refunds available for this Wrightslaw conference; however you may transfer your ticket to another attendee with notice to Advocate with Faith no later than 10 days before the conference. Tickets may not be resold at a higher rate.

Questions? Contact Faith Filiault by telephone 203-493-4237 or by email.

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

Logistics, Directions, Accommodations


Click here for directions.


Parking is free at the venue.


Bradley International (BDL)
(approximately 85 miles to venue)

Laguardia Airport (LGA)
(approximately 50 miles to venue)

JFK International Airport
(approximately 55 miles to venue)


A block of rooms has been secured for the Advocate with Faith event at the Hilton Garden Inn Norwalk from October 16 to October 18, 2013 at the special rate of $159 per night. Register by September 16th to receive the reduced rate. Reservations may be made by calling the hotel directly at 203-523-4000 or toll free 877-782-9444. Mention the group code "FAITH". Reservations may also be made online by clicking here.

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