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

Lowell, MA

Friday and Saturday, October 27-28, 2017

This two-day Special Education Law & Advocacy Boot Camp, a Wrightslaw training program with Pete Wright and Pam Wright, is being sponsored by ABLED Advocacy.

The program will be held at:

41 Warren Street
Lowell, MA 01852

Program Description

Choose the schedule that works best for you. The one day trainings are designed to meet the needs of parents, educators, health care providers, advocates and attorneys. Friday's focus will be on special education law and Saturday will focus on advocacy issues.

  • Day 1: Friday, October 27, 2017 - Special Education Law
    8:00-9:00 Registration
    • Introduction
    • Overview of Book: Wrightslaw: Special Education Law
    • IDEA History - PARC + Mills Cases - Past 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(a,b,c,d): Evaluations and IEPS
    2:30-2:45 Break
    • Overview of book: Wrightslaw: All About IEPs
    • Section 1415 Due Process, Rules of Procedure, Discipline
    • Other Statutes - Section 504 + ADA AA + ESSA
    • Recent Cases + USDOJ cases and OCR rulings
    • Two Recent US Supreme Court Cases
    • Legal issues: Charter Schools
    • Legal issues: Episodic Conditions i.e., Allergies, Epilepsy, etc.
    4:00-4:30 Questions and Answers
    Day 2: Saturday, October 28, 2017 - Special Education Advocacy Tactics & Strategies

    Overview of book: Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy
    The Journey - From Emotions to Advocacy - Tactics

    • 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
    10:30-10:45 Break

    From Emotions to Advocacy - Tactics

    • How to Deal with Conflict, a Healthy and Normal event
    • Crisis, Emergency, Help
    • Recognizing and Avoiding the Fatal Obstacles
    • Organization of the Child's File
    • Emotions, Conflict, Normal Obstacles
    12:00-1:00 Lunch
    1:00-2:30 Advocacy Strategies
    • School Culture
    • Rule of Adverse Assumptions
    • Hazards of Litigation & Outcome Prediction
    • Comprehensive Evaluations
    2:30-2:45 Break

    Strategies (con’t)

    • Paper Trails & Letters
    • The "Letter to the Stranger"
    • Negotiation Skills - "Getting to Yes"
    • The "Gerry Spence" approach
    • School Meetings: Preparation & Survival Strategies
    • The 5 W's + H + E

    Closing - In Summation

    4:00-4:30 Questions and Answers


Registration Fee Regular With CEUs
One Day - Law or Advocacy $195 $225
Two Day Boot Camp $295 $355

Click here to register online.

Download the registration form.

Registration fee includes continental breakfast, lunch, and afternoon 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: 0.6 CEUs (continuing education units) have been approved for each conference day. An additional fee is required, please see registration form. CEU's are provided by the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Education. They provide units for practicing teachers and CEU's for a variety of professionals who need to document their professional development hours.

Reasonable Accommodations: Contact the sponsors by October 1, 2017 if you require accommodations.

Scholarships: A limited numer of scholarships can be acquired through MDDC.

Refunds: No refunds are available for this conference. Substitutions are allowed with prior notice to sponsors by October 1, 2017.

Questions? Contact Dawn Connelly or Laurie Keegan by telephone 978-905-8151.

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

Logistics, Directions, Accommodations


Click here for directions to the UTEC. Attendees will enter through the cafe entrance.


There is a large municipal parking garage across the street. Parking fee is $8.


Manchester - Boston Regional Airport (MHT)
(Approximately 30 miles to conference location)

Logan International Airport (BOS)
(Approximately 33 miles to conference location)

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