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Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy
Training Programs

Overview l Programs l Speakers l Schedule
Testimonials l Conference and Marketing Info l Fees l Forms

"What a marvelous conference! I often leave sped presentations angry and/or guilty because of all the things that were done or not done. This time I left encouraged, inspired and armed!"

Click here to see Pete Wright's event schedule.

Speaking Overview
Wrightslaw offers a variety of special education law and advocacy programs designed to meet the organization's needs to provide training for the parents, advocates, educators, attorneys, related services personnel, and/or health care providers who represent the interests of children with disabilities. Training can be live face-to-face or virtual (Zoom).

In all Wrightslaw training programs, attendees receive their books as print bound books and as PDF ebooks.

Click here to see a description of all Conference Programs.
Our goal is to provide individuals with the knowledge and skills to advocate effectively for children with disabilities.

Private Training - Wrightslaw provides private training for agencies, organizations, private schools, clinics, etc. These programs are designed to meet the specific needs of the members and are closed to the public. To inquire about hosting a private training program, please send an email direct to Pete Wright at the following email address: petewright | at |

Scheduling an Event
If you are interested in scheduling an event, you will want to start with the page that asks "When is Wrightslaw Coming to My City?"

After you have finished that page, then you will want to read the links that are at the top of this page and repeated on the "When . . ." page. Those links provide you with an overview about a program, the different types of programs, marketing info, and the fees page.

On the page about marketing, you will see that many organizations use a Wrightslaw Conference as a fund raising event for their organization or business. Quite a few new businesses (advocacy, therapists, psychologists) and new local disability organizations in a particular geographical area have used our Conference to jumpstart name recognition about who they are, what they do, and use it generate funds to get their business/organization off the ground.

The "Fees" page has a link to the form contract which may answer many questions. After you have reviewed that information, please send an email to petewright | at | You will have to substitute the |at| with @.

Wrightslaw does not determine when and where programs are held. We rely on individuals and organizations to contract with us to bring a program to your area. If you are interested in bringing a Wrightslaw Conference to your area, review the links at the top of the page. Programs can be modified to meet the needs of your group.


For questions about publishing or foreign licensing, please contact Debra Pratt (debrapratt | at | or call her at 804-758-8400.

Interviews Media
For media requests and questions, please contact Debra Pratt.

Partial Speaking List
San Diego Autism Society
Partners in Policymaking
Prader-Willi Syndrome Association (USA)
Parents Helping Parents, San Jose
Child Help Education Advocacy Relations
Ohio State Support Team Region 12
West Virginia Advocates, Inc.
The University of Akron School of Law
Autism Resources Foundation, Inc.
Education for Parents of Indian Children with Special Needs (EPICS)
IDA-Rocky Mountain Branch
Down Syndrome Association of Charlotte
Manasota B.U.D.S.
Family Network on Disabilities of Manatee/Sarasota, Inc.
William and Mary School of Law
Reading & Language Arts Centers, Detroit
Families Helping Families of GBR
Lackland AFB US Air Force School Liaison Officers
My Great Kid, LLC
Special Kids Crusade
Guilford County Council of PTAs
Connecticut Council on Developmental Disabilities
School Intervention Program, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Family Network on Disabilities of Florida, Inc.
MacDill Air Force Base
National Autism Association of North Texas
State of Connecticut Judicial Branch, Juvenile Court Staff
The Elija Foundation
Oklahoma Disability Law Center
Maine Parent Federation
NH Parent Information Center
Learning Disabilities Association of Connecticut, Inc.
The Arc of Mecklenburg County, Inc.

Click here to see all Past Programs

Hosting a Conference
If you want to learn more about hosting a Wrightslaw program, please review the page that answers your question "When is Wrightslaw Coming to My City?"

To see the sample agenda most commonly requested, please click here. Participants will learn about special education law, both the statute (IDEA 2004), the special education regulations, and recent legal decisions (if any) in your geographical area and the status of any pending U.S. Supreme Court cases, and how these decisions are likely to affect you. You will also learn about effective persuasive advocacy techniques that will open, rather than close doors to quality services. For a sampling of some of the content, go to YouTube's Wrightslaw Channel and see snippets of some of the videos of Wrightslaw conferences.

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A Note About IDEA

The last revision of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004 was in 2015. In the definitions at 20 USC 1401(3), it deleted "mentally retarded" and replaced it with "developmentally disabled." Wrightslaw programs focus on IDEA 2004, Section 504, ADA and federal and state regulations.

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