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Program Descriptions

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

Wrightslaw special education law and advocacy training programs are designed to meet the needs of parents, advocates, attorneys, educators, health care providers, and others who represent the interests of children with disabilities and their families.

Pete Wright can provide the training in a live, in-person, face-to-face setting or as a Zoom virtual live training session with remote Zoom attendees. In all training sessions, attendees receive the books as print books and Adobe.pdf files.

Wrightslaw Special Ed Law & Advocacy Training (one day; 6 hours)

From Emotions to Advocacy (one day; 6 hours)

Private Training / Staff Training - In addition to the above programs, Wrightslaw provides private training for agencies, organizations, private schools, clinics, etc. These programs are meticulously designed to meet the specific needs of the members. Pete's content and training are uniquely tailored to address the issues faced by the entity's staff, with a keen focus on local laws, regulations, and case law.

Many such entities have discovered that hosting an on-site, private training session for their staff is more cost-effective than sending them to one of Pete's usual one-day, six-hour Wrightslaw training sessions and incurring expenses for travel, lodging, and meals.

In some instances, those entities have invited their clientele and sometimes even the staff of other entities in their geographical area. While these programs are closed to the public, they may be open to specific invitees at the host's discretion. When a program is "closed to the public" yet open to others by invitation only, the host usually charges the invitees a registration fee to offset the cost of the training and required book purchase. All of the above is at the discretion of that host entity.

On March 20 + 21, 2024, Pete provided a "private training" for several hundred California Regional Center and DDS staff and their invitees.

An entity's cost for the private, "closed to the public" training, is similar to the price for the one-day, six-hour "open to the public" training. Pete will substantially modify the form contract linked on the "Fees" page.

Hybrid Programs - Pete Wright can create a hybrid program that is specific to the needs of your organization and may include a mix of some of the programs below. For example, Pete trained all of the Juvenile Probation Officers and some of Juvenile Court Judges in one state. In another program, Pete created a two-day training session specific to the needs of Children's Hospital staff who focus on Brain Tumors and problems caused by chemo and other treatment regimens. The first day was for hospital school liaison / social work staff. The second day was for the parents and other related service providers.

With other programs, Pete trained selected State Department of Education staff about the protocol for conducting randomized case audits of LEA student files. Pete trained the Administrative Law Judges of an East Coast state with a focus on Court of Appeals case law. Pete trained the Protection and Advocacy (NDRN) staff of a West Coast state. After the new version of the DSM-5 was issued, a "hybrid" program was related to changes in the DSM-5 about autism and dyslexia.

In Summer 2014, Pete did a specialized day long program in NYC for charter school administrators, charter school special educators, and parents of children enrolled in charter schools with regard to unique special ed / charter school issues.

Two weeks later, at FARE's National Annual Conference, Pete did a day long program specific to issues relating to allergies and anaphylaxis. Many children with such issues may not qualify for an IEP, but because of the "episodic" nature of such issues, qualify for protections under the Americans with Disabilities Act and are entitled to a Section 504 Plan. Thus this program included a comprehensive discussion about those statutes and case law and only an overview of IDEA 2004.

"Hybrid" programs have focused on specific legal issues and also specific to a disability.


To inquire about hosting a program, please send an email direct to Pete Wright at the following email address of: petewright | at | (Note - remove the |at| and replace with the @ character.) In the subject line of your email, please type your state and city in ALL CAPS. For example: CONF VA DELTAVILLE - initial inquiry.

"The Wrightslaw Special Education Law Seminar in Michigan was a tremendously rewarding experience and will forever change our practice." - Bryan I. Eder, Esq., Chudnof & Eder, PLC

Special Education Law & Advocacy Training Program (one day, 6 hours) focuses on four areas:

* special education law, rights and responsibilities
* tests and measurements to measure progress & regression
* introduction to tactics & strategies for effective advocacy

The registration fee includes three books -

Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 3rd Ed. (Retail: $29.95)
Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd Ed. (Retail: $19.95) and
Wrightslaw: All About IEPs. (Retail: $12.95)

: Wayne Steedman, Esq. or Pete Wright, Esq.

Sample agenda

"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!"

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From Emotions to Advocacy Training Programs

Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd Edition, by Pam and Pete Wright In From Emotions to Advocacy training programs (one day, 6 hours), you learn how to take an active role in managing your child's special education. You'll learn about the five key sections in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), what our child's test scores mean, and how to develop SMART IEPs. Either Pete or Pat will teach you how to prepare for meetings, the gentle art of disagreeing, and how to maintain healthy working relationships with the school.

Sample agenda.

You will learn:

  • About IDEA - Sections 1400, 1401, 1412, 1414, + 1415
  • Using the Bell Curve to understand your child's strengths and needs
  • Using a Parent Agenda
  • How to build healthy working relationships with school personnel
  • How to document information that may prevent or resolve disputes
  • How to participate as an equal member of your child's IEP team

The registration fee includes three books -

Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 3rd Ed. (Retail: $29.95)
Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd Ed. (Retail: $19.95) and
Wrightslaw: All About IEPs. (Retail: $12.95)

Presenters: Either Pat Howey, advocate and author of Ask the Advocate or Pete Wright, Esq.

"We were delighted to have Pat Howey share her education advocacy skills - the support of leaders and advocates like Ms. Howey make our program a success. Thank you!" - Florida PIP Coordinator


"I am so glad that I had the opportunity to attend this conference. I feel more empowered and better educated in my role as an advocate for my two sons who are on the autism spectrum. Both Peter and Pam did an excellent job of presenting in both a professional and personable manner. It was a pleasure to spend a day in their guidance and company. Thank you for this very valuable experience." - Attendee, Portland, Maine

"Your training was the most useful CLE I've ever attended. CLEs are notoriously boring and unpleasant. Your program was neither and I learned a lot, even as an experienced practitioner in the field." - Rob Mead, KU Wheat Law Library

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