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

Des Moines, IA

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

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Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Conference
, a Wrightslaw training program featuring Pete Wright, Esq.,
is being sponsored by ASK Resource Center.

The program will be held at:

Ramada Tropics Resort and Conference Center
5000 Merle Hay Road
Des Moines, IA 50322

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


  • IDEA History, Book Overview, US Supreme Ct Cases
  • Section 1400 Findings, Purpose
  • Section 1401 Definitions: Disability, Special Education, Related Services, LD, etc.
10:30-10:45 Break
  • Section 1412 Extended School Year, Child Find, Least Restrictive, Private Placements
  • Understanding Tests and Measurements, and the Bell Curve, Standard Scores, Scale Scores, % ranks, Grade Equivalent, Age Equivalent, Determining progress v. regression using Bar Graphs.
12:00-1:00 Lunch
  • Section 1414 Evaluations and IEPs
  • S.M.A.R.T. IEPs
  • Section 1415 Due Process, Rules of Procedure, Discipline
  • Section 504, ADA, FERPA, NLCB
  • Charter Schools, Food Allergies, Anaphylaxis, Epi-Pens
  • Recent Cases - IDEA, 504 and ADA
  • USDOJ cases and OCR rulings
  • Legal, systemic and “school culture” obstacles to compliance with IDEA-04
  • Litigation: Special Ed Caselaw

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

Parents, Foster Parents and Primary Caregivers (includes IFAPA CEUs upon request at not charge) $175
Individual with a disability $150
Student $150
Professional (includes certificate of completion and professional CEUs/CLEs) $200
At the Door - Pending Available Space $250

Conference fee includes morning coffee, lunch and four Wrightslaw books Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition, Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd Edition, Wrightslaw: All About IEPs and Wrightslaw: All About Tests and Assessments.

Click here to register online.

Download and share the conference flyer.

Credits: 6.0 CLE's (continuing legal education) credits have been approved for this conference. Iowa Foster and Adoptive Parent CEUs (6.0) and Social Work CEUs (6.0)have also been approved. 1.0 Graduate Credit can be earned through Upper Iowa University (UIU). The cost (in addition to the registration fee) is $125, due with submission of the credit packet materials and assignment to UIU after the training. Please mark the correct box on your registration to indicate the credits you wish to receive. Your credit materials will be at the registration table the day of the training.

Scholarships: No scholarships are available for this conference. For a list of organizations that may help with the cost of attendance, please call Ashley Gill at ASK Resource Center at 515-243-1713 or by email Ashley | at | askresource.org

Refund Policy: There are no refunds available for this training; however you may transfer your ticket to another attendee with advance notice to ASL Resource Center by November 7, 2014. Tickets may not be resold at a higher rate.

Questions? Contact Ashley Gill by telephone 515-243-1713, 800-450-8667 or email ashley | at | askresources.org

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

Logistics, Directions and Accommodations


The Ramada Tropics Resort and Conference Center is located directly off of Interstate 80/35 at Exit 131 on Merle Hay Road. From all directions, take Interstate 80/35 to Merle Hay Road. Exit heading South on Merle Hay Road. The hotel is immediately off of the Interstate and can be seen form the Exit ramp. Note: The hotel is offering 4 free water park passes to their in-house water park with each room. The total value of 4 passes is $60 and cannot be purchased separately. Only available to hotel guests.


Parking is free.


Des Moines International Airport (DSM)
(approximately 20 minutes to venue)


The Ramada Tropics Resort and Conference Center is offering a limited block of rooms at a special rate of $89 for a queen, double room. The special rate is for November 17, 2014 only. The block of rooms is reserved under the code "ASK Resource Center". Rooms must be reserved by October 31, 2014. After this date, guests will be accommodated on a space and rate available basis. Reservations can be made at www.ramadatropicsresort.com or by calling 515-278-0271 or 1-800-854-9517.

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