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Wrightslaw special education law and advocacy programs are taught by nationally-recognized experts in the field of special education law and advocacy.

Pete Wright l Pam Wright

Wrightslaw programs are designed to meet the needs of parents, advocates, educators, attorneys, and health care providers who represent children with disabilities.

Pete Wright is an attorney who represents children with special educational needs. His advocacy grew out of his personal educational experiences.

Pete represented Shannon Carter before the U. S. Supreme Court in Florence County School District Four v. Shannon Carter, 510 U.S. 7 (1993) - the Court issued a unanimous decision on Shannon's behalf.

Pete is the co-author of Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Ed. (2006), Wrightslaw: No Child Left Behind (2003), Wrightslaw: IDEA 2004, (2005), Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd Ed. (2005), Wrightslaw: All About IEPs (2009), Wrightslaw: All About Tests and Assessments (2014), and the Year in Review Series -Wrightslaw: Special Education Legal Developments and Cases.

He appeared as the parent's attorney in the award-winning DVD video, Surviving Due Process: When Parents and the School Board Disagree - Stephen Jeffers v. School Board (2004).

Pete Wright's bio.

Pamela Darr Wright, MA, MSWPam Wright is a psychotherapist who has worked with children and families since the early 1970’s.

Her training and experience in clinical psychology and clinical social work give her a unique perspective on parent-child-school dynamics, problems, and solutions.

Pam has written extensively about raising, educating and advocating for children with disabilities.

She is the co-author of Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Ed. (2006), Wrightslaw: No Child Left Behind (2003), Wrightslaw: IDEA 2004, (2005), Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd Ed. (2005), Wrightslaw: All About IEPs (2009), Wrightslaw: All About Tests and Assessments (2014), and the Year in Review Series -Wrightslaw: Special Education Legal Developments and Cases.

Pam is also the editor of The Special Ed Advocate newsletter.

Pam Wright's schedule & bio

Pat Howey is an advocate who has worked with families since 1985, helping parents resolve special education disputes with their school districts by representing them at IEP meetings, mediation, and due process hearings. Pat writes articles for Ask the Advocate.

Pat has a degree in paralegal studies. She is an Indiana Registered Paralegal and an affiliate member of the Indiana Bar and the American Bar Associations. She is active in the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA) and other organizations.

Pat also presents From Emotions to Advocacy programs. In these programs, parents learn how to assess their children's strengths and weaknesses, build healthy working relationships with school personnel, about the "gentle art of disagreeing," and how to participate as equal members of the IEP team.

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Pat Howey's schedule & bio

Steedman is an attorney whose practice is devoted primarily to the representation of children with disabilities.

Wayne Steedman, Esq.Wayne has a law degree from the University of Maryland and a Master's Degree in Social Work. He has served as a hearing officer and is an active member of the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA).

Wayne also presents What You Don't Know About IDEA 2004 CAN Hurt You.

Wayne Steedman's schedule & bio

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A Note About IDEA 2004

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act was revised in 2004 and is known as IDEA 2004. The federal regulations were revised in August, 2006. Wrightslaw programs provide an overview about disability law and focus on IDEA 2004 and the regs. At the same time, attendees will learn about Section 504 and other federal education laws.

In most of our training programs, we generally use Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition, and Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd Edition.

Programs related to the law include the history of special education law, the law about evaluations, reevaluations, IEPs, and IEP team meetings. Programs also include the procedural requirements in IDEA 2004. Participants will learn about any new developments in No Child Left Behind, any recent Supreme Court decisions and status of any pending U.S. Supreme Court cases and how these decisions are likely to affect you.

Advocacy programs focus on advocacy skills, paper trails, the Letter to a Stranger, negotiation techniques, understanding test data, SMART IEPs, organization of the child's file, the Rule of Adverse Assumptions, the 5 W's+H+E and much more.

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Last updated: 03/19/2019

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