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

Houston, TX

Saturday, February 1, 2014

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Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Conference
, a Wrightslaw training program featuring Pete Wright, Esq.,
is being co-sponsored by Father's Joy, The Rise School of Houston and Greater Clear Lake Families Exploring Down Syndrome.

The program will be held at:

The Church of St. John the Divine
2450 River Oaks Blvd.
Houston, TX 77019

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.


8:00-8:30 Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30-8:45 Welcome
8:45-9:15 Morning Keynote


  • IDEA History and Overview
  • Section 1400 Findings, Purpose
  • Section 1401 Definitions: Special Education, Related Services, LD, etc.
11:00-11:15 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
12:30-1:30 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
3:00-3:15 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
4:30-5:00 Questions and Answers


Registration Fee

Early Bird - By January 18, 2014

Student $30 $55
Parent $50 $75
Professional* $140 $165
Sibling Workshop** $25 $40

Conference is SOLD OUT. Click here to be placed on wait list.

* Educator, Paraprofessional, Administrator, Attorney and Paralegal. CEU and CLE credits are available to all participants paying Professional Registration Fees.

** Sibling Workshop available only with conference registration. Children 7 and older only. Registration maybe transferred but, only to another child with the same age group.

Conference includes Continental Breakfast, box lunch, drinks, 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. Online registration closes January 30, 2014. Only walk-in registrations will be accepted (space permitting) after online registration closes.

Download and distribute the flyer/registration form.

All payments must be received within one week of registration date (or by January 25, 2014 if registering after January 18) or your registration will be released and we will open the space to other registrants. No refunds, no exceptions.

Credits: 0.6 CEU's (continuing education units) and 6.0 CLE's (continuing legal education) credits have been approved for this conference.

Scholarships: No scholarships are available for this conference.

Refund Policy: There are no refunds for this conference.

Child Care Information: Available on first come, first served basis. Deadline for Early Childcare Registration is Saturday, January 18, 2014. Final deadline for Childcare Registration (space permitting) is Saturday, January 25, 2014. No walk-in childcare is available.

Sponsorship: For sponsorship package opportunities click here.

Accomodations: If you need accomodations, please call 281-736-8008.

Questions? Contact the sponsors by phone 281-736-8008, fax 713-383-7007 by email or snail mail Father's Joy to 5618 H. Mark Croswell Street, Houston, TX 77021.

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

Logistics, Directions, Accommodations


Click here for directions to the The Church of St. John the Divine.


Parking is free at the venue. Parking attendants will be available.


William P. Hobby Airport (HOU)
(approximately 14 miles to venue)

George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH)

(approximately 25 miles to venue)


The Doubletree Houston Greenway Plaza is offering a discounted rate for those registering for the Wrightslaw conference. To book a room, call 1-800-222-TREE and ask for The Rise School of Houston room block or Group Code RIS.

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