Free Special Education Law and Advocacy Conference for Military Families

Wrightslaw is one of the nation’s leading organizations for special education law and advocacy. Their website and conferences are a wealth of information for all families dealing with the special education system, including those families with children with autism. On November 16-17, 2010, Wrightslaw will be hosting a free special education law and advocacy conference for military parents and staff at Travis Air Force Base in California.

The conference will be held at the Courtyard by Marriott hotel on 1350 Holiday Lane in Fairfield, California. The first day of this two-day conference will focus on special education laws including an overview of IDEA 2004, measuring student progress, extended school year, statewide assessments and more.

Day two will include topics on Section 504 of the American with Disabilities Act, No Child Left Behind, Smart Individualized Educational Programs (IEPs) and advocacy strategies.

The following is the Program Description directly from Wrightslaw:

Participants will learn about IDEA 2004 and the Department of Defense Instruction (DoDI) # 1342 including:

  • Requirements for initial evaluations, reevaluations & parental consent
  • Requirements for IEPs, IEP goals, IEP teams, IEP meetings and “comparable IEPs” upon transfer to a new school district
  • Eligibility issues (and RTI) for students with specific learning disabilities
  • Procedural requirements and timelines, including the “Due Process Complaint Notice” and “Resolution (IEP) Session.”

Participants will learn about requirements in No Child Left Behind including:

  • Reading and research based instruction
  • Highly qualified teachers
  • Parental rights and options
  • High stakes testing

Participants will also learn how to:

  • Use tests and measurements to measure progress
  • Write SMART IEPs
  • Use tactics and strategies for effective advocacy

Registration for this free event was opened in a staggered manner with Travis AFB Parents and Staff Only gaining registration access first followed by USAF Parents and staff. On Friday, October 15, 2010, the free Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy conference was open to all military registrants. For more information visit the Wrightslaw conference information page. Registration is limited to 100 participants so act now!

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