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Wrightslaw From Emotions to Advocacy Conference
with Pete Wright, Esq.

Wheeling, WV

Friday, April 22, 2016

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Wrightslaw From Emotions to Advocacy Conference
, a Wrightslaw training program featuring Pete Wright, Esq.,
is being co-sponsored by the Augusta Levy Learning Center, and by Cassidy, Cogan, Shapell & Voegelin, LC.

The program will be held at:

Wheeling Artisan Center
1400 Main Street
3rd Floor
Wheeling, WV 26003

Program Description

In From Emotions to Advocacy training programs (one day, 6 hours), attorney Pete Wright teaches you how to take an active role in managing your child's special education, the gentle art of disagreeing, and how to maintain healthy working relationships with the school.

You will learn:

  • how to assess your child's strengths and needs
  • how to prepare a Parent Report for the IEP team
  • how to build healthy working relationships with school personnel
  • how to document information that may prevent or resolve disputes
  • how to participate as an equal member of your child's IEP team

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 a.m. Registration and light refreshments
9:00-10:30 a.m. Introductions
  • Section 1: Getting Started
  • Creating the Advocate's IEP, the Master Plan
  • Taming the Paper Trail
  • Goals and Strategies for the Advocate
  • The Parent as Project Manager
  • Advocacy 101: Learning the Rules of the Game
10:30-10:45 a.m. Break
10:45-12:00 p.m.
  • Obstacles to Success, Resolving Parent/School
  • Conflicts, Emergency, Crisis, Help
  • Evaluations and Your Child's Disability
  • Tests and Measurements 101
12:00-1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00-2:30 p.m.
  • The Bell Curve
  • Charting Test Scores
  • Smart IEPs
  • Overview of IDEA - Findings, Purposes and Definitions
  • Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
  • ESSA
2:30-2:45 p.m.


2:45-4:00 p.m.
  • Rule of Adverse Assumptions
  • Taming the Paper Trail - Documenting and Writing Letters and using the "Letter to a Stranger" Strategy
  • IEP Meeting Strategies and Common Problems
  • Putting it all together
4:00-4:30 p.m. Questions and Answers


Registration Fee

Individual $125
*Couple $175

* Couples receive one set of books.

Conference fee includes light morning refreshments, lunch, a Wrightslaw highlighter pen and one Wrightslaw book, Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd Edition.

Click here to register online.

Download and share the registration form.

Credits: 0.6 CEUs (continuing education units) have been approved for this conference. The CEU's are available for an additional charge of $24, payable at the conference. CEU's are provided by the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Education. They provide both graduate credit for practicing teachers and CEU's for a variety of professionals who need to document their professional development hours.

Scholarships: A limited number of scholarships are available, first-come first-serve basis.

Accommodations: Special needs accommodations? Contact the sponsors by telephone at 304-242-6722 no later than April 1, 2016.

Refund Policy: No refunds are available for this conference. Substitutions are allowed with prior sponsor consent.

Questions? Contact Kathy Shapell by telephone 304-242-6722 by email kshapell |at| gmail.com or Staci Stephen by telephone 304-242-6722 or email stacistephen |at| gmail.com

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

Logistics, Directions and Accommodations


Map and directions to the Wheeling Artisan Center.


A parking garage is available scross the street at the Ohio Valley Regional Transit Authority Garage located at 1401 Main Street. The cost is $2.75 for all-day parking. There is also metered parking available on the street.


Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT)
(approximately 50 miles to venue)

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