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Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Conference
with Pete and Pam Wright

Lafayette, IN

Friday, November 4, 2016

5 pm, Thursday - 25 Seats Left - Walk-ins accepted, space permitting!

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Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Conference
, a Wrightslaw training program featuring Pete and Pam Wright
is being sponsored by Special Education Consulting. Keynote Speaker: Jim Comstock Galagan.

The program will be held at:

Lafayette Courtyard by Marriott
150 Fairington Ave.
Lafayette, IN 47905

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
  • Section 1415 Due Process, Rules of Procedure, Discipline
  • Section 504, ADA, FERPA, ESSA
  • 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 $100
* Couples $125
Professionals (Includes CEUs and CLEs) $150

* Couples receive one set of books.

Note: Walk-In registration may be available. Check this page for updates. Lunch is not guaranteed.

Conference fee includes: Coffee, tea, water and a deluxe box lunch, a Wrightslaw highlighter pen and the 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. A limited number of other Wrightslaw Products and Books will be available for sale during the conference.

Keynote with Jim Comstock-Galagan.
This 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. pre-conference session is on Inclusion. Registration starts at 6:30. The Bistro will be open on Thursday evening for On-Your-Own purchase of sandwiches, snacks and salads before the keynote speech.

Click here to register online.

Download the flyer/registration form.

Credits: 6.0 CLE (continuing legal education) credits have been approved. 0.6 CEU's (continuing education units) have been approved for this conference. The units 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 few partical scholarships are available. Contact the sponsor for details.

Special Accommodations: Translation services or menu items contact the sponsor no later than September 30, 2016.

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

Questions? Contact the sponsor by telephone 765-426-4866 or by email patricia.howey | at | gmail.com

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

Logistics, Directions and Accommodations


From the North, South, or East: I-65, Exit 172 East approximately .25 of a mile to Farrington Ave. From the West: take I-74 to exit 34, turn North on U.S. 231. In approximately 20 miles, turn right (east) on State Road 25. In approximately 3/4 mile, turn left onto Old US 231/US-52 East. In approximately .5 miles, turn slightly right onto US 52 East/Teal Road. Continue to follow Teal Road to Sagamore Parkway South. Turn left on Sagamore Parkway South. In 1.5 miles, turn right onto South Street. In approximately 1.5 miles, turn right on Farrington Ave. Click here for directions.


Ample free parking is available at the Lafayette Courtyard by Marriott.

Hotel Accommodations

The sponsor has secured special conference rates with the Lafayette Courtyard by Marriott. 2 Queen or Standard King room, $109, New Executive Double Queens, $129, New Executive King $119. The rate is available starting November 2, 2016 and ending November 4, 2016. Last day to register to receive the discounted rate is October 3, 2016. You must mention "Patricia Howey" and "Wrightslaw" in order to receive this rate. Click here to make reservations. Note: If participants want to extend their stay before or after the event, they must contact the hotel directly at 765-449-4800 instead of using the link.


Indianapolis International Airport (IND)
(approximately 60 miles to venue)

Star of America Shuttle Service
makes 9 round trips per day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year from the Lafayette Courtyard by Marriott. Book online to reserve your seat by clicking here or call Toll Free 800-228-0814. Free WiFi onboard.

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