Wrightslaw Special Education Law & Advocacy Conference 2016

20October2016Los Angeles, CA

Presented by the AOTS Group

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    One (1) Full day of Special Education Law and Advocacy Training

    in Los Angeles, CA

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

    The Vision

    To bring a community together in one place to broaden their special education law & advocacy knowledge, exchange ideas and provide support. We understand that to ensure long-term success of those living with disabilities we must turn our attention to the caregiver. Current research has concluded that those providing life supporting care-giving to a loved one with disabilities endure the same affects as a soldier on the front lines of combat; only care-giving for those with disabilities is a lifetime of combat that never ends. The taxation on their emotional, physical and mental well-being is compromised so severely by the care-giving role that they display PTSD symptoms, severe memory loss as well as multiple physical maladies. AOTS Group along with community service providers seeks to intervene directly with the caregiver through a comprehensive 6 week curriculum developed by Vanderbilt University in partnership with AOTS Group that meets the caregiver where they are. Through this whole person approach the caregiver will be guided in the development of deep community roots, coping skills and community based resources to aide in support and the mind-body wellness needed to sustain long-term care. AOTS Group is committed to restoring the health of the caregiver so that we can ensure that those living with disabilities have the long-term support and care needed to have a meaningful life.


    Every conference attendee will receive (3) Wrightslaw Books: Wrightslaw Special Education Law, Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, Wrightslaw: All About IEPs, ($68 value).

    Executive lunch, afternoon beverages, opportunity to network with Key Note Speaker Pete Wright, exciting sponsors and vendors with fresh information and products that are community centered.


    This one day program focuses on 4 areas: *special education law, rights and responsibilities; * tests and measurements to measure progress & regression; * SMART IEPs * introduction to tactics & strategies for effective advocacy. New topics this year will cover twice exceptional (2E), food alergies & Section 504.

    We strongly encourage attendees take advantage of the Early Bird registration as this conference will likely sell out.

    Tickets Available Today From $175

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    Key Note Speaker

    Pete Wright

    Pete Wright is a nationally-recognized expert in the field of special education law and advocacy. Pete 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, Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, Wrightslaw: No Child Left Behind, Wrightslaw: IDEA 2004, Wrightslaw: All About IEPs and Wrightslaw: All About Tests and Assessments. 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.

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      Peter W. D. Wright, Esq.

      Peter W. D. Wright was born and raised in Washington, D.C. In 1954, he was diagnosed as having strephosymbolia and severe hyperkinesis. These labels now refer to specific learning disabilities and attention deficit disorder with hyperactivity. To help remediate these problems,he received daily individual Orton-Gillingham tutoring for two years and attended a residential camp when he was eight.

      As he was about to enter the twelfth grade in the D.C. public schools, he had a D average. Concerned about his continuing academic problems and lack of interest in school, his parents placed him in a private boarding school in Rhode Island, where he repeated the eleventh grade and completed his senior year. At the new school, which had a student-teacher ratio of about one-to-six, he experienced academic success and was both All-State and All New England football team as a linebacker and offensive guard.

      Pete Wright attended Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia. He majored in psychology. After graduation from college in 1968, he worked for several years in juvenile training schools, first as a houseparent and later as a counselor. Later, he worked as a juvenile probation officer, first in a suburb of Richmond, Virginia, and later in the ghettos and projects of the City of Richmond. In 1972, he was honored as Virginia Juvenile Probation Officer of the Year.

      While employed in the juvenile justice system, Pete also attended evening college in a graduate psychology program at Virginia Commonwealth University where he completed 30 hours of coursework. Pete became a member of both Pi Delta Epsilon and PsiChi honor fraternities. Later, he attended the T. C. Williams Law School at the University of Richmond and graduated in December, 1977. He is a member of the American Bar Association, American Trial Lawyers Association, and Virginia Trial Lawyers Association.

      Since then, he and his wife have developed the Wrightslaw special education law and advocacy website. It is the top ranked website in regard to special education advocacy for children with disabilities. He and his wife have also published the best selling special education law book entitled Wrightslaw: Special Education Law.


    2016 Conference

    AOTS Group is proud to present it's 3rd Annual Wrightslaw Special Education Law & Advocacy Conference in beautiful Los Angeles, CA @ Loyola Law School. Wrightslaw is the Gold Standard of special education and advocacy training taught by nationally-recognized experts in the field. Wrightslaw special education law and advocacy programs are designed to meet the needs of parents, advocates, educators, attorneys, and health care providers who represent children with disabilities.

    We are excited and energized at the Wrightslaw Special Education Law & Advocacy program coming to our community. Here is what others are saying about their conference experience:

    I thoroughly enjoyed your conference in Texas. The information I learned was invaluable! My ability to interpret test scores has shed new light on my child's education and my work as an advocate. You have given me the confidence and incentive to be a more passionate advocate and I sincerely thank you! - from JR.

    I attended your conference in New Britain, CT and just still cannot get over the exceptional content and support you provided. Your personal story is truly an inspiration! Thank you so much. I know that you will continue to make a difference in my daughter's life, as well as countless others you work with. - from LW.

    "Our son and daughter-in-law attended your seminar in Monterey, CA this past March. They found it very informative and two of your comments helped make the first IEP meeting last week a success. The Costco food plates were a definite hit and started the meeting off in a friendly atmosphere. The second thing of note was the use of charts to portray his progress to date. The school system staff found those informative and easy to understand. Wrightslaw has been and will continue to be an invaluable asset" - Thankful Grandparents in Virginia

    "When I came I was apprehensive that my needs as an educator would not be met understanding that this workshop was geared to include parents. I am so pleasantly surprised that my questions were ansered and I could assist parents around me in increasing their knowledge. Your Strategies are amazing. I look forward to my continued journey with your materials and will be attending another workshop in the future. Thank you." - Attendee, Portland

    "It was wonderful, informative and realistic approach to preparing for being my child's advocate. Thank you." - Attendee, Portland

    "As a counselor, I am often "out of the loop" so this information was especially valuable. When I returned to school, I reviewed my students' records and translated their test data into percentiles- now it is very clear to me. Thanks so much!"

    "THANK-YOU so much for the opportunity to learn such invaluable information this past weekend. It was the BEST!"

    Registration Opens

    IDEA Section 1400 & 1401


    Coffee will be served

    Section 1412 & Understanding Tests


    Section 1414, S.M.A.R.T IEPs, Section 504, FERPA, ESSA


    Beverages Served

    Tactics & Strategies

    Questions & Answers - END Time 4:30

    Pete Wright


    Conference Will Be Held At 919 Albany Street Los Angeles, California 90015

    Loyola Law School

    Loyola Law School, Los Angeles opened its doors in 1920. Located in downtown Los Angeles -- a legal, financial and media capital -- Loyola Law School is home to prominent faculty, dedicated students and cutting-edge programs. The first ABA-approved law school in California with a pro bono requirement for graduation, Loyola Law is committed to legal ethics and the public interest, and has produced top attorneys for nearly a century.

    Getting Here

    Air Travel

    Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) (Loyola Law School is about 17 miles from LAX Airport and Burbank Airport. Travel time is about 30-45 minutes)

    By Car

    From the NORTH:Take the Golden State Freeway (5) or the Hollywood Freeway (101) south to the Harbor Freeway (110) south to downtown Los Angeles. Take the 8th Street exit from the Harbor Freeway. Follow 8th Street past one traffic light to Witmer Street. Turn left onto Witmer Street and proceed one block. Turn right onto James M. Wood Boulevard, followed by an immediate left turn onto Albany Street. The entrance to the Law School parking facility is on the right hand side of the street.

    From the SOUTH:Take the Harbor Freeway (110) north toward downtown Los Angeles. Take the 9th Street exit from the Harbor Freeway. Turn left immediately at the bottom of the exit ramp onto Francisco Street. Proceed to the first traffic light and turn left onto 8th Street. Follow 8th Street past two traffic lights to Witmer Street. Turn left onto Witmer Street and proceed one block. Turn right onto James M. Wood Boulevard, followed by an immediate left turn onto Albany Street. The entrance to the Law School parking facility is on the right hand side of the street.

    Local Travel

    The City of Los Angeles offers many public and private Transportation and Commuting solutions.Taxis from LAX to downtown LA cost $30-35 (plus a $2.50 airport taxi surcharge). SuperShuttle and the other van services will cost about $15.

    Be sure to clarify that you are going to Loyola Law School in downtown LA, or you may end up at the undergraduate campus (Loyola Marymount University) in Westchester.

    Surrounding Area

    Los Angeles

    The City of Los Angeles holds many distinctions. LA is the entertainment capital of the world, a cultural mecca boasting more than 100 museums, and a paradise of good weather. From tourist attractions like the Walk of Fame’s collection of stars (numbering 2,576, and growing by one or two a month) to career opportunities like those presented in the expanding tech industry, Los Angeles is the place to be. It is the only city in North America to have hosted the Summer Olympics twice. Downtown LA is the largest government center outside of Washington, D.C. Los Angeles has the only remaining wooden lighthouse in the state (located in San Pedro’s Fermin Park) and the largest historical theater district on the National Register of Historic Places (located Downtown on Broadway).


    Sponsorship plays a major role in the success of our event.

    The Following Generous Sponsors Share our Vision.

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