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Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Two Day Boot Camp
with Pete and Pam Wright

Bradenton, FL

Friday and Saturday, April 6-7, 2018

* * * * Walk-In Space still Available Friday and Saturday * * * *

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Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Two Day Boot Camp
, a Wrightslaw training program featuring Pete and Pam Wright
is being sponsored by the Family Network on Disabilities of Manatee/Sarasota, Inc.

The program will be held at:

Woodland Community Church
9607 East State Road 70
Bradenton, FL 34202

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, April 6, 2018 - 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): Evaluations
    Section 1414(d) IEPs
2:30-2:45 Break
2:45-4:00 Section 1414(d) IEPs (cont'd)
  • Overview of book: Wrightslaw: All About IEPs
  • Section 1415 Due Process, Rules of Procedure, Discipline
  • Other Statutes - Section504 + 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, April 7, 2018 - 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

One Day $150
Both Days $199

Conference fee includes lite breakfast, lunch both days, 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: 14.5 CLEs (continuing legal education) credits through The Florida Bar have been approved. The CLEs are available for an additional fee of $54. Two day attendance is required to receive full credit. 0.6 CEU's (continuing education units) have been approved. The units are provided by the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Education. They provide both credit for practicing teachers and CEU's for a variety of professionals who need to document their professional development hours. The CEU's are available for an additional charge of $24 (each day).

Scholarships: A limited number of partial parent scholarships are available based on need for Manatee and Sarasota County parents. Contact Mary Smith at 941-928-0682 for details.

Refund Policy: Full refunds are available prior to March 26, 2018. Substitutions are allowed with prior sponsor consent. Contact Mary Smith at 941-928-0682.

Special Needs Accommodations: Contact Mary Smith via email at bsmith22 |@| tampabay.rr.com no later than March 1, 2018.

Questions? Contact Mary Smith by telephone 941-928-0682 by fax 941-907-8577 or by email bsmith22 |@| tampabay.rr.com

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

Logistics, Directions and Accommodations


The venue is located approximately 1 mile east of I-75 on State Road 70, Exit 217 off of I-75. The venue is on the north side of the intersection. Click here for directions to the venue.


Parking is available at the facility at no charge.


Tampa International Airport (TPA)
(approximately 50 miles to venue)

Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport (SRQ)
(approximately 12 miles to venue)

Hotel Accommodations

For a list of local hotels, please click here.

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