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

Bowie, MD
(Outside of DC)

Thursday Evening, May 3 and Friday, May 4, 2018

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Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Conference
, a Wrightslaw training program featuring Pete and Pam Wright,
is being sponsored by Loud Voices Together Educational Advocacy Group, Inc.

The program will be held at:

Comfort Inn Hotel and Conference Center
4500 Crain Highway
Bowie, MD 20716

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. Note: The program will put emphasis on advocacy skills.


  • Getting Started
  • Creating the Advocate's IEP, the Master Plan
  • Goals and Strategies for the Advocate
  • The Parent as Project Manager
  • Advocacy 101: Learning the Rules of the Game
10:15-10:30 Break
  • Measuring Progress: Understanding Tests & Measurements & the Bell Curve, Standard Scores, Scaled Scores, % Ranks
  • Demo: Charting Test Scores
  • Section 1414 - Evaluations + IEPs
12:00-1:00 Lunch


  • Section 1400 - Findings & Purposes
  • Section 1401 - Key Definitions
  • Section 1412 - LRE, ESY, Child Find, Private Placement
2:30-2:45 Break
  • Section 1415 (continued)

Advocacy Strategies

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

Questions and Answers


Registration Fee Regular
Individual $180
Professional $210

Conference fee includes all day beverage service, sandwich buffet 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. Registration is closed. No Walk-In registration is available.

Download and share the conference flyer.

Meet and Greet: The May 3, 2018 function is included in the registration fee. Question & Answer Session with Pete and Pam Wright with heavy Hors d'Oeuvres. Special Panel Guests - Wayne Steedman and Cheryl Steedman, Steedman Law Group, Mark Martin, Law Offices of Mark B. Martin and Selene Almazan, Esq. You must RSVP to attend.

Credits: 0.6 CEUs (continuing education units) are pending for this conference. There is an additional fee of $24. CEU's are provided by the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Education. They provide credit for practicing teachers and CEU's for a variety of professionals who need to document their professional development hours.

Scholarships: No scholarships will be available.

Special Needs Accommodations: If you have dietary restrictions or if special needs accommodations are needed, call 301-910-6209 by April 15, 2018.

Vendors: Vendor opportunities available, please contact sponsor at 301-910-6209.

Note: No childcare will be available during the training. Please make all childcare arrangements prior to arriving at the conference.

Questions? Contact the sponsors by telephone 301-910-6209 by fax 1-240-823-9292 or email events |at| loudvoicestogether.com.

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

Logistics, Directions and Accommodations


Click here for directions to the Comfort Inn Hotel and Conference Center.


Parking is free.


Baltimore Washington International (BWI)
(approximately 20 miles / 30 minutes to venue)


The sponsors have arranged a special room rate of $121.50 (tax not included) for the night of May 3, 2018 with the Comfort Inn Hotel and Conference Center. Hot complimentary breakfast for 2 overnight guests. Call the front desk at 301-464-0089 and use the code Wrightslaw 2018 to receive the discount. Register by April 6, 2018 to receive the discount.

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