Wrightslaw Special Education Law & Advocacy Conference 2017

February 23, 2017 - Glendale, AZ

Presented by Kirsch Goodwin & Kirsch Pllc & Parent Support Arizona


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

in Glendale, AZ

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

The Vision

To bring a community of parents, attorneys, advocates, related service providers and educators together in one place; where they can broaden their special education law & advocacy knowledge, exchange ideas and learn new strategies to support families in our community.


Every attendee will receive (4) Wrightslaw Books:

  • Wrightslaw Special Education Law
  • Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy
  • Wrightslaw: All About IEPs
  • Wrightslaw: All About Tests and Assessments
  • ($78 value)

Along with lunch and afternoon refreshments there will be opportunity to network with other professionals and to meet exciting sponsors and vendors with fresh information and products that are community centered.

A limited number of hotel rooms are blocked for attendees on a first come first served basis.
Please contact David Jefferson at david@parentsupportarizona.com for more information.


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.

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

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Key Note Speaker

Pete W. D. Wright, Esq.

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 (1999), Wrightslaw: No Child Left Behind (2003), Wrightslaw: IDEA 2004, (2005) and Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd Edition (2001, 2005). 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 (2004).


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.

Conference Schedule

2017 Conference

Kirsch Goodwin & KIrsch PLLC & Parent Support Arizona are proud to present the Wrightslaw Special Education Law & Advocacy Conference in sunny Glendale, AZ. 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 support children and young adullts with disabilities.

We are excited and energized that the Wrightslaw Special Education Law & Advocacy program is 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 sblockquoteinar 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 systblockquote 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 materiasl 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!"

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IDEA History, Overview and Key Terms - Section 1400 & 1401


Section 1412 & Understanding Tests


Section 1414, Section 1415, S.M.A.R.T IEPs, Section 504, FERPA, NCLB


Iced Tea & Snacks

Tactics & Strategies

Questions & Answers

Pete Wright

Confrence Will Be Held At

Thunderbird Executive Inn and Conference Center

The Thunderbird Executive Inn and Conference Center is located just 22 minutes from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport and is easily accessed via the I 10 FWY and I-17 FWYLoop 202, Loop 101 and US 60.

Air Travel

Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport - PHX
(approximately 22 miles to venue)

PHXMESA Gateway Airport - AZA
(approximately 54 miles to venue)

By Car

From Sky Harbor Airport take exit 149 toward Sky Harbor. Keep left at the fork, follow signs for I-10 E/Tucson and merge onto I-10 East):

Keep left at the fork, follow signs for I-10 E/Tucson and merge onto I-10 East. Take exit 200A for I-10 W/Interstate 10 E toward Los Angeles/Tucson. In 10.8 miles merge onto I-17. Take I-17 to the Greenway Road exit. Turn left onto Greenway Road and follow Greenway road to 57th Avenue. Turn left on 57th Avenue and then take your first left onto Global Place. The venue is on your left.

Local Travel

For a visitors guie to the City of Glendale or ground transportation please click below.
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Join Us In Thanking Our Sponsors.

These generous sponsors are committed to supporting families in our community. Contact them TODAY and find out more about the services and supports they offer children and young adults in our community.

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Get in touch

For additional Information or if you would like to REGISTER OFFLINE, please email david@parentsupportarizona.com.

P.O.Box 760, Higley, AZ 85236

Inquries: +1 480 382 4020

Sponsorship Information: +1 480 382 4020