Home  >Seminars & Training > Wrightslaw Special Education Law & Advocacy Boot Camp, Tucson, AZ (August 18-19, 2016)

The Special Ed Advocate newsletter
It's Unique ... and Free!

Enter your email address below:

Training Programs

Sep. 12 - ABQ, NM

Sep. 29 - Worcester, MA

Oct. 27 - ATL, GA

Full Schedule


Topics from A-Z
Free Newsletter
Seminars & Training
Yellow Pages for Kids
Press Room

Books & Training

Wrightslaw Storesecure store lock
  Advocate's Store
  Student Bookstore
  Exam Copies
Training Center
Bulk Discounts
Military Discounts
Student Discounts
Mail & Fax Orders

Advocacy Library

Cool Tools
Doing Your Homework
Ask the Advocate
Newsletter Archives
Short Course Series
Success Stories

Law Library

Fed Court Complaints
IDEA 2004
McKinney-Vento Homeless
Section 504


American Indian
Assistive Technology
Autism Spectrum
Behavior & Discipline
College/Continuing Ed
Due Process
Early Intervention
  (Part C)

Episodic, such as
   Allergies, Asthma,
   Diabetes, Epilepsy, etc

Future Planning
High-Stakes Tests
Homeless Children
IDEA 2004
Identification & Child Find
Juvenile Justice
Law School & Clinics
Letters & Paper Trails
LRE / Inclusion
Military / DOD
Parental Protections
PE and Adapted PE
Privacy & Records
Procedural Safeguards
Progress Monitoring
Related Services
Research Based

Response to Intervention

Restraints / Seclusion
   and Abuse

School Report Cards
Section 504
Teachers & Principals
Twice Exceptional (2e)
VA Special Education

Resources & Directories

Advocate's Bookstore
Advocacy Resources
  Disability Groups
  State DOEs
  State PTIs
Free Flyers
Free Pubs
Free Newsletters
Legal & Advocacy
   Legal Terms
   Assessment Terms
Best School Websites

Wrightslaw Special Education Law & Advocacy Boot Camp
with Peter Wright, Esq. and Pamela Darr Wright, MA, MSW

Tucson, AZ

Thursday and Friday, August 18-19, 2016

* * * Sold Out! * * *

This two-day Special Education Law & Advocacy Boot Camp, a Wrightslaw training program with Pete Wright and Pam Wright, is being sponsored by the Southern Arizona Network for Down Syndrome and the Autism Society of Southern Arizona.

The program will be held at:

Hilton Tucson East Hotel
7600 E. Broadway Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85710

Program Description

Participants will learn about changes in IDEA 2004 including:

  • Requirements for initial evaluations, reevaluations & parental consent
  • Requirements for IEPs, IEP goals, IEP teams, IEP meetings
  • Eligibility issues for students with specific learning disabilities
  • Procedural requirements and timelines, including the “Due Process Complaint Notice” and “Resolution (IEP) Session.”

Participants will learn about requirements in Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) including:

  • Reading and research based instruction
  • Highly qualified teachers
  • Parental rights and options
  • High stakes testing

Participants will also learn how to:

  • Use tests and measurements to measure progress
  • Write SMART IEPs
  • Use tactics and strategies for effective advocacy

    Day 1: Special Education Laws
    8:00-9:00 Registration
    • Introductions
    • Baseline Quiz
    • Book Overview
    • IDEA History - PARC + Mills Cases - US Supreme Court Cases
    10:30-10:45 Break

    IDEA (con’t)

    • Section 1400: Findings & Purposes
    • Section 1401: Key Definitions
    • Section 1412: LRE, ESY, Child Find, Private Placements
    12:00-1:00 Lunch
    • Measuring Progress: Understanding Tests & Measurements & the Bell Curve, Standard Scores, Scaled Scores, % Ranks
      Demo: Charting Test Scores
    • Section 1414: Evaluations and IEPs
    2:30-2:45 Break
    • Section 1415 (cont'd)
    • SMART IEPs
    4:00-4:30 Questions and Answers
    Day 2: Laws, Cases, Tactics & Strategies
    • Section 1415 - Due Process, Rules of Procedure, Discipline
    • Other Statutes - Section 504 + ADA AA + ESSA
    • Recent Cases + USDOJ cases and OCR rulings
    • Legal issues regarding Charter Schools, Food Allergies, Anaphylaxis, Epi-Pens, Diabetes, Epilepsy
    • The Journey - From Emotions to Advocacy
    • The Parent as the Special Ed Manager and Expert
    10:30-10:45 Break

    From Emotions to Advocacy (cont'd)

    • 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
    12:00-1:00 Lunch
    1:00-2:30 Advocacy Strategies
    • Emotions, Conflict, Normal Obstacles
    • School Culture
    • Rule of Adverse Assumptions

      Final Exam

    2:30-2:45 Break

    Advocacy Strategies (con’t)

    • Hazards of Litigation & Outcome Prediction
    • Comprehensive Evaluations
    • Negotiating; Paper Trails & Letters
    • School Meetings: Preparation & Survival Strategies

    Closing - In Summation

    4:00-4:30 Questions and Answers


Registration Fee Regular
Individual $175
Professional $225

Click here to register online.

Download and share the brochure.

Registration fee includes continental breakfast, lunch, and break time snacks for both days, a deluxe Wrightslaw highlighter pen and
three Wrightslaw books, which retail for $62.85 - Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition, Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd Edition and Wrightslaw: All About IEPs.

Credits: 1.2 CEUs (continuing education units) have been approved for this conference. There is additional fee of $48. 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. A certificate of attendance will be available for attorneys for CLE submission.

Reasonable Accommodations: Translation services or menu items contact the Autism Society of Southern Arizona no later than July 25, 2016.

Scholarships: Contact The Autism Society of Southern Arizona for details.

Refunds: No refunds after 5:00 p.m. July 25, 2016. A fee of $25 will be deducted from the refund.

Questions? Contact The Autism Society of Southern Arizona by telephone 520-770-1541 or email info |at| as-az.org

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

Logistics, Directions, Accommodations


Click here for directions to the Hilton Tucson East Hotel.


Parking is free at the venue.


Tucson International Airport (TUS)
(Approximately 12 miles to conference location)

Note: The typical minimum charge for taxi runs from the airport: Super Shuttle $35, Taxi $40.

Hotel Accommodations

The Hilton East is offering a discounted room rate of $63 (plus tax per night) for conference participants. Follow the link below to book your room or call 1-800-445-8667 to receive the discount. Mention the group code of ASSA or Wrightslaw Special Education and Law Advocacy Conference. Reservations must be made and confirmed by July 25, 2016 to take advantage of this discounted group rate. After this date rooms will be available at regular rate. The hotel requires 48 hour notification prior to arrival on cancellation with no penalty. For more details, please click here.

To Top

To Wrightslaw Seminars & Training

Arizona Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities

We built the Arizona Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities so people can get reliable information and support.

The State Yellow Pages has many useful resources - evaluators, educational consultants, academic tutors, support groups, grassroots organizations, advocates, attorneys and others who help parents get services for their children.

If you provide a service, sign up to be listed on the Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities - this is a free service from Wrightslaw.

Yellow pages image