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

Houston, TX

Friday, September 15, 2017

* * * *  S O L D   O U T  * * * *

Registration begins @ 8:30 am

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Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Conference
, a Wrightslaw training program featuring Pete Wright, Esq., is being sponsored by Attention Deficit Disorders Association, Southern Region.

The program will be held at:

Houston Community College
West Loop Campus
5601 West Loop S
Houston, TX 77081

Program Description

One-day special education law and advocacy programs focus on four areas:

  • special education law, rights and responsibilities
  • McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act
  • 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.

NOTE: Pete will discuss the McKinney-Vento Act and the two recent unanimous U.S. Supreme Court spec ed cases and how he expects those two cases will be used to open more doors to the school house and the court house for our children with special needs.

Due to road cleanup and detours, the start will be delayed by a half hour, lunch will be shortened to forty-five minutes, and the program will end fifteen minutes later than the original schedule. That will provide the full six hours of continuing education so that the program will be in compliance with the accrediting agencies.

* * * * * Registration begins at 8:30! * * * * *




  • IDEA History, Book Overview, US Supreme Ct Cases
  • Section 1400 - Findings, Purpose
  • Section 1401 - Definitions: Disability, Special Education, Related Services, LD, etc.
11:00-11:15 Break
  • Section 1412 - ESY, Child Find, LRE, 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
12:30-1:15 Lunch
  • Section 1414 - Evaluations and IEPs
  • Section 1415 - Due Process, Rules of Procedure, Discipline
  • Section 504, ADA, FERPA, ESSA
  • Episodic Conditions, Allergies, Epilepsy, etc.
  • Recent US Supreme Court Cases, OCR, USDOJ

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
2:45-3:00 Break
3:00-4:15 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
4:15-4:45 Questions and Answers


Registration Fee

Individual $135
Professional (includes CLEs) $185

Conference fee includes breakfast snack, coffee, water and 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.

Click here to register online.

Download and share the conference flyer.

Credits: 6.0 CLEs (continuing legal education) credits have been approved. ADDA-SR is an approved provider in Texas, 6.00 credits will be available for educators, social workers, psychologists, LPCs and LMFTs at no extra charge. Certificates will be emailed after the event.

Vendor Info: Contact Pam Esser by telephone at 281-894-4932 or by email addaoffice |at| pdq.net for details.

Refund Policy: Refunds are based on an individual case, if requested by August 1, 2017. A refund may be available minus a $25 fee. Substitutions are allowed.

Child Care: Child care is not available.

Questions? Contact Pam Esser by telephone at 281-894-4932 or by email addaoffice |at| pdq.net

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

Logistics, Directions and Accommodations


Click here for a map and directions to the Houston Community College.


Parking is free.

Hotel Accommodations

Click here for a list of local hotels.

Note: The sponsors have negotiated a limited number of discounted rooms for $74 plus 17% at:

Westchase Fairfield Inn & Suites
2400 W Sam Houston Parkway South
Houston, TX 77042

Call the Westchase Fairfield to reserve your room and note it is for the ADDA-SR Wrightslaw Conference. You must register by September 1, 2017 to receive the discounted rate.


Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH)
(approximately 30 miles to venue)

William P. Hobby Airport (HOU)
(approximately 26 miles to venue)

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