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

Wakefield, MA
(Just Outside of Boston)

Friday and Saturday, October 4-5, 2019

Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Two Day Boot Camp, a Wrightslaw training program featuring Pete and Pam Wright, is being sponsored by Abled Advocacy, Inc.

The program will be held at:

The Lakeside Inn
595 North Ave.
Wakefield, MA 01880

Program Description

Choose the schedule that works best for you. Friday's focus will be on special education law and Saturday will focus on advocacy skills.

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.


Day 1: Friday, October 4, 2019 - 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)
4:00-4:30 Questions and Answers
Day 2: Saturday, October 5, 2019 - Special Education Advocacy Tactics & Strategies
  • Section 1415 - Due Process, Rules of Procedure, Discipline
  • Other Statutes - Section 504 + ADA AA + ESSA
  • Recent Cases + USDOJ cases and OCR rulings
  • Legal issues: Charter Schools
  • Legal issues: Food Allergies, Anaphylaxis, Epi-Pens, Diabetes, Epilepsy, etc.

The Journey - From Emotions to Advocacy - Tactics

  • The Parent as the Special Ed Manager and Expert
10:30-10:45 Break

From Emotions to Advocacy - Tactics

  • 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
  • Recognizing and Avoiding the Fatal Obstacles
  • Organization of the Child's File
12:00-1:00 Lunch

Advocacy Strategies

  • Emotions, Conflict and Normal Obstacles
  • School Culture
  • Rule of Adverse Assumptions
2:30-2:45 Break

Advocacy Strategies (con’t)

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

Closing - In Summation

4:00-4:30 Questions and Answers

Registration Fee
Both Days
Friday Only
Saturday Only

Conference fee includes continental breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack, 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. Download and share the sponsorship opportunities flyer.

Special Needs Accommodations: Contact Dawn Connelly via email abledadvocacy |at| gmail.com no later than September 19, 2019.

Scholarships: No scholarships are available for this training. For Massachusetts residents MDDC may be able to provide some limited assistance. Please click here for details.

Refund Policy: No refunds will be given after September 19, 2019. Before September 19th refunds can be processed minus a $30 per registration processing fee. Substitutions are possible until October 1, 2019.

Questions? Contact the sponsors by email abledadvocacy |at| gmail.com by telephone at 978-905-8151 or by fax 978-224-1036.

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

Logistics, Directions and Accommodations


Map and directions to The Lakeside Inn.


Parking is free at The Lakeside Inn.


Boston Logan International (BOS)
(approximately 16 miles to venue)

Manchester-Boston Regional (MHT)
(approximately 43 miles to venue)

Hotel Accommotations

A block of rooms is being held at The Lakeside Inn. Single $99, Double $109. Cut off date to receive a discounted rate is September 19, 2019. Contact Al at 781-245-6100 or email alfredosenthal |at| lakesideinnwakefield.com.

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