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

Tucson, AZ

Friday, November 15, 2013

Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Conference, a Wrightslaw training program featuring Pete Wright, Esq., is being sponsored by the Autism Society of Greater Tucson. This workshop price reflects a grant received from The Arizona Developmental Disabilities Planning Council and has also been underwritten by the Autism Society Greater Tucson, Southern Arizona Network for Down Syndrome and The Arc of Tucson.

The program will be held at:

Casino del Sol Resort, Spa and Conference Center
5655 West Valencia Road
Tucson, AZ 85757

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


A day-long hands-on special education workshop designed to meet the needs of parents and professionals serving children and teens with disabilities.

Topics: IDEA history and overview, special education and related services, child find, least restrictive environment, extended school year, mainstream, inclusion, understanding tests and assessments, procedural safeguards, Section 504, prior written notice, and IEPs.

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 Fee On or before
October 21, 2013
October 21, 2013
Individual $55 $80
Professional $90 $115

Conference fee includes Continental Breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack 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.

Click here to register and pay by check or money order.

Download and distribute the Save the Date flyer.

Credits: 0.6 CEU's (continuing education units) have been approved for this conference.

Scholarships: Limited amount of discounted rate scholarships will be available on a first come first serve basis. Contact the sponsors for more information.

Corporate Sponsorship Opportunities: Click here for sponsorship information.

Refund Policy: No refunds are available after October 21, 2013.

Reasonable Accommodations? Sign language interpreter, vegetarian meal, gluten free meal, Verbal Spanish translation (all print materials/resources are only available in English), other upon request.

Questions? Contact the Autism Society of Greater Tucson by email or call 520-770-1541.

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

Logistics, Directions, Accommodations


Click here for directions to the Casino del Sol Resort, Spa and Conference Center.


Parking is free at the venue. Valet parking is available.


Tucson International Airport (TAA)
(approximately 9 miles to venue)


The Autism Society Greater Tucson has negotiated a special rate for the conference attendees. Room rates of $119 plus tax per night for two queen beds or one king bed. This rate is good for reservations made on or before October 25, 2013. The block of rooms may fill up, so register early to receive the discount. Check in time 4 pm, check out is 11 am. Click here for more information.

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