RENO, Nev. – Newton Learning Center of Northern Nevada, a school for children with Autism or similar learning disabilities, is sponsoring the first-ever Nevada Wrightslaw conference at the Atlantis Casino & Resort in Reno on Thursday, December 5, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This Wrightslaw conference will focus on four areas: special education law, rights and responsibilities, tests and measurements to measure progress and regression, SMART IEPs (Individual Education Plans), and an introduction to tactics and strategies for effective advocacy.
Early Bird Registration of $65 ends Nov. 15. Early bird registrants will also receive two free downloads and a personal message from Pete Wright. The regular conference fee of $75 begins Nov. 16. To register, visit http://www.secondstart.org/wrightslaw-registration/ or for more information, contact Rebecca “RJ” Larrieu, director of Newton Learning Center, at RebeccaJ@secondstart.org.
All conference registrants will receive copies of three books authored by Wright, including Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, and Wrightslaw: All About IEPs.
Pete Wright, Esq., founder of Wrightslaw, argued the case, Florence County v. Shannon Carter, in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on October 6, 1993, on behalf of Shannon Carter. Carter, a student with dyslexia and ADHD, requested placement in a private school to receive more intensive programming to bring her up to grade level. Her request was denied by the Florence County, South Carolina, school district. The Supreme Court ruled unanimously in favor of Carter, and Wright launched Wrightslaw soon after.
Wrightslaw empowers parents to take charge of their children’s education, to familiarize themselves with their legal rights, and how to implement techniques for communication with teachers, administrators, and their IEP team.
Larry Dailey, a board member of Second Start Learning Disabilities Programs, which is the parent company for Newton Learning Center, sought out a Wrightslaw conference after struggling to find common ground with his daughter’s IEP team.
Dailey said he feared her education would suffer, especially without significant intervention.
“The IEP meetings were at times unproductive and often delayed,” he said. “Wrightslaw gave me the tools I needed to be the very best advocate I could be for my daughter.”
Six CLEs, or continuing legal education credits, approved through Nevada’s Board of Continuing Legal Education, are available for an additional fee.
What: Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Conference with Pete Wright, Esq.
When: Thursday, December 5, 2019, from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Where: Atlantis Casino & Resort Reno, NV
Cost: $65 regular ticket or $90 with CLE credits, before Nov. 15, $75 regular ticket or $100 with CLE credits, starting Nov. 16