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Wrightslaw Special Education Law And Advocacy Training

December 4, 2014

Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Conference, a Wrightslaw training program, is sponsored by The Oklahoma Disability Law Center and Partners in Education Advocacy and it’s FREE* for parents, family members, and individuals who work with children with disabilities and are residents of Oklahoma. Speaker Pete Wright.

University of Central Oklahoma

The program will be held at:

University of Central Oklahoma
Constitution Hall
100 N University Drive
Edmond, Oklahoma 73034

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.


8:30-9:00 Registration
9:00-10:30 Introductions

  • IDEA History and Overview
  • Section 1400 Findings, Purpose
  • Section 1401 Definitions: Special Education, Related Services, LD, etc.
10:30-10:45 Break
  • Section 1412 Extended School Year, Child Find, Least Restrictive Environment/Mainstreaming/Inclusion, Private Placements, Statewide Assessments
  • Understanding Tests and Measurements, and the Bell Curve, Standard Scores, Scale Scores, % ranks, Grade Equivalent, Age Equivalent
12:00-1:00 Lunch on your own
  • Section 1414 Evaluations and IEPs
  • Section 1415 Prior Written Notice, Procedural Safeguards Notice, Mediation, Due Process Hearing, Appeal, Discipline, Age of Majority
  • Section 504, ADA, FERPA
  • NCLB No Child Left Behind
  • Litigation: Special Ed Caselaw
  • S.M.A.R.T. IEPs
  • Special Ed Advocacy for the Parent, Advocate, and Parent’s Attorney
  • Legal, systemic and “school culture” obstacles to compliance with IDEA-04

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
  • Crisis, Emergency, Help
  • Organization of the Child’s File
2:30-2:45 Break
2:45-4:00 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 is FREE to parents, family members, and individuals who work with children with disabilities and are residents of Oklahoma. Out of state registrants are welcome, but will be charged for the cost of the books ($65).

Registrants will receive three books: Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition, Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd Edition and Wrightslaw: All About IEP’s.

Credits: CLE (continuing legal education) credits are pending. LPC’s (licensed professional counselors) credits will be available. Certificate of attendance will be available.

Questions? Please call the Oklahoma Disability Law Center at (405) 525-7755.

Additional Educational Resources:

Check out the Wrightslaw Website for educational resources.

WebEx Training Program Available Through Law Center

The one-day special education law and advocacy program focuses on four areas: special education law, rights and responsibilities; tests and measurements to measure progress & regression; SMART IEP’s; introduction to tactics & strategies for effective advocacy.

To find out more information about borrowing the WebEx Training Program, contact the law center directly:

Oklahoma City Office
(405) 525-7755 (in Oklahoma City area)
(405) 550-1193 Direct Line for Program Manager
(800) 880-7755 (statewide toll free)

Tulsa Office
(918) 743-6220 (in Tulsa area)
(800) 226-5883 (statewide toll free)

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