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

Detroit, MI

Friday, December 2, 2022


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Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Conference
, a Wrightslaw training program featuring Pete Wright, Esq.,
is being sponsored by the Autism Alliance of Michigan. This Wrightslaw training is part of the 2022 MiPAAC Special Education Advocacy Summit.

The program will be held at:

Marygrove Conservancy
Madame Cadillac Building
8425 West McNichols Road
Detroit, MI 48221

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.


8:00-9:00 Registration


  • IDEA History, Book Overview, US Supreme Ct Cases
  • Section 1400 Findings, Purpose
  • Section 1401 Definitions: Disability, Special Education, Related Services, LD, etc.
10:30-10:45 Break
  • Section 1412 Extended School Year, Child Find, Least Restrictive, 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
12:00-1:00 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 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
2:30-2:45 Break
  • Crisis, Emergency, Help
  • Organization of the Child’s File
  • 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
4:00-4:30 Questions and Answers


Registration Fee

Individual $125

* Early Bird registrants will receive a FREE adobe.pdf download of Wrightslaw: Special Education Legal Developments and Cases 2017, which includes all of the 2017 U. S. Court of Appeals special education cases and the two 2017 U. S. Supreme Court cases, Fry and Endrew F.

Conference fee includes breakfast, lunch, a Wrightslaw highlighter pen, three Wrightslaw books - Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Ed., Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd Ed., and Wrightslaw: All About IEPs provided the morning of the conference and then, within a week after the program, Wrightslaw will email those three books to each attendee in the adobe.pdf format. The three print and pdf books retail for $103.70.

Click here to register online.

Download and share the Save-the-Date flyer.

Credits: 0.6 CEU's (continuing education units) are approved through Delta State University. The $20 fee can be paid through the registration process.

Refund Policy: Send an email to sherri.fresorger |at| aaomi.org no later than October 28, 2022. A processing fee of $3.50 will be deducted from your payment. After October 28, 2022 refunds will not be given.

Questions? Contact Heather Eckner by telephone at 734-646-4114 or email heather.eckner |at| aaomi.org

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

Logistics, Directions and Accommodations


Map and directions to Marygrove Conservancy.



Parking at Marygrove Conservancy is free.


The Westin Southfield Detroit, located at 1500 Town Center in Southfield, is holding a 15 room block (King and Double) held for Dec. 1st through Dec. 4th at a rate of $159 per night. The hotel is a 12 minute ride to the venue. Call 248-663-6702 for reservations.

The Detroit Marriott Southfield, located at 27033 Northwestern Highway in Southfield is holding a 15 room block (King and Double) held for Dec. 1st through Dec. 4th at a rate of $129 for Double and $119 for King. The hotel is a 15 minute drive to the venue. Call 248-356-7400 to make reservations.

The Hilton Garden Inn, located at 26000 American Drive in Southfield. Call 248-357-1100 to make reservations. No room block is available at this time for this location.

Atheneum Suite Hotel, located at 1000 Brush Street in Detroit. This hotel is located downtown adjacent to Greektown Casino. Call 1-800-772-2323 to make reservations. No room block is availabe at this time for this location.

For the available room blocks listed above, you must mention the Autism Alliance of Michigan. All rooms must be booked by November 10, 2022 to receive the discounted rate.


For restaurants located near the venue, please click here.


Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW)
The Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport is approximately 25 minutes to the venue.

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