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Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Training

Wrightslaw Special Education Law & Advocacy Conference with Wayne Steedman, Esq. Tuesday, October 4, 2022 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

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Metro Technology Center Business Conference Center 1900 Springlake Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73111

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No Refunds

About this event

Wrightslaw Special Education Law & Advocacy Conference with Wayne Steedman, Esq.

Tuesday, October 4, 2022 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

One-day in-person special education law and advocacy programs focus on four areas: special education law, rights and responsibilities, tests and measurements to measure progress & regression, SMART IEPs and 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.

Conference registration includes a Wrightslaw highlighter pen, training bag and the three Wrightslaw books which retail for over $60 - Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition, Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd Edition and Wrightslaw: All About IEPs (ISBN: 978-1-892320-20-9, 192 pages) by Pete Wright, Pam Wright, and Sue O'Connor. 

How Can I Register?

$40 registration 

  •  School Districts may use district level Project 615 funds to cover costs
  •  Parents may apply for a scholarship to cover the cost of registration

 It is important to note that tickets are on a first-come, first-serve basis. The best option to secure your ticket is online via Eventbrite.  Space is limited!

Refund Policy: Although there are no refunds you can make arrangements for someone to attend in your place. You need to email sooner-success@ouhsc.edu with that update.  

Special Accommodations: Please specify in registration if you need Spanish translation


8:30-9:00am Registration



  • IDEA History, Book Overview, US Supreme Ct Cases
  • Section 1400 Findings, Purpose
  • Section 1401 Definitions: Disability, Special Education, Related Services, LD, etc.

10:30-10:45 Break


  • Section 1412 Extended School Year, Child Find, Least Restrictive, Private Placements
  • Understanding Tests and Measurements, and the Bell Curve, Standard Scores, Scale Scores, % ranks, Grade Equivalent, Age Equivalent, Determining progress v. regression using Bar Graphs

12:00-1:00 Lunch


  • Section 1414 Evaluations and IEPs
  • Section 1415 Due Process, Rules of Procedure, Discipline
  • Section 504, ADA, FERPA, ESSA
  • Episodic Conditions, Allergies, Epilepsy, etc.
  • Recent Cases + OCR, USDOJ

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

2:30-2:45 Break


  • Crisis, Emergency, Help
  • Organization of the Child’s File
  • 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

Special Thanks to Partners:


Parent Promise

Oklahoma Department of Human Services

How Can I Apply For A Scholarship?

A limited number of scholarships are available for parents of children with disabilities with financial need.  The scholarship will waive or refund the registration fee for selected recipients.

The deadline to apply for a Scholarship is Friday, September 23, 2022. 

For more information: Call 405-271-2710 or email sooner-success@ouhsc.edu

Limited parent scholarships are provided in partnership with Pervasive Parenting Center C.P.R.C.

Will Childcare Be Provided?

No.  There will not be any accommodations for children at the conference.

However, Caregivers planning to attend the Conference may be eligible to receive an Educational Voucher.

$50 for a half day or $100 for a full day. Limited availability.

Guidelines for Caregivers to receive Lifespan Respite Grant Vouchers for Educational Events:

  • Caregivers are fulltime, unpaid caregivers providing care 8 or more hours in a 24 hour period;
  • Care recipients need alternative caregiving during the educational event;
  • Caregivers must be registered for the event; and
  • Caregivers must complete an application prior to the educational event.

For more information and questions on Educational Vouchers please contact: respite@ouhsc.edu or call 405-271-2710

What If I Still Have Questions?

Registration or scholarship questions: Contact Lori Wathen at 405-698-6970 or lori-wathen@ouhsc.edu

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