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Cerebral Palsy Family Education Day at NU

Overview: Difficulties with hand function limit independent participation in daily activities for children and youth with cerebral palsy (CP). Given the variety of physical and occupational therapy treatment approaches available, it can be difficult for families to keep up with current research-based recommendations . In this presentation, Dr. Gordon will present an overview of current approaches to the rehabilitation of hand function in children with CP, focusing on constraint-induced movement therapy and hand-arm bimanual intensive therapy. Families will leave with a better understanding of the therapeutic rationale for these approaches and the evidence for their effectiveness at improving children’s functional abilities and participation in activities of daily life.

Dr. Gordon: Dr. Gordon is a professor of Movement Sciences at Columbia University and Director of the Center for Cerebral Palsy Research ( The Center consists of a unique team of scientists and clinicians, and is committed to improving the lives of children with CP through research and education, with an emphasis on understanding the mechanisms underlying motor disorders associated with CP, and developing evidence-based treatment approaches targeting these disorders. Dr. Gordon and his team have been studying hand motor control in individuals with cerebral palsy (CP) for over 25 years. From a treatment perspective, he is a pioneer in modifying constraint-induced movement therapy (CIMT) for children with CP. In 2001 he published the first study on modified CIMT in children with unilateral CP. Subsequently in a line of work supported by the National Institute of Health, Dr. Gordon more broadly studied the efficacy of CIMT. His team used CIMT as the basis for creating a highly structured and intensive form of bimanual therapy, Hand-Arm Bimanual Intensive Therapy (HABIT), and have conducted several trials indicating efficacy in improving upper extremity function. Since 2002 more than 300 children with CP have participated in hand treatment day camps at the Center for CP Research.




Wrightslaw Special Education Law & Advocacy Boot Camp

Friday and Saturday, October 4-5, 2019

Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Two Day Boot Camp, a Wrightslaw training program featuring Pete and Pam Wright, is being sponsored by Abled Advocacy, Inc.

The program will be held at: 

The Lakeside Inn
595 North Ave.
Wakefield, MA 01880

Program Description

Choose the schedule that works best for you. Friday’s focus will be on special education law and Saturday will focus on advocacy skills.

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.


Day 1: Friday, October 4, 2019 – Special Education Law
8:00-9:00 Registration
  • Introduction
  • Overview of Book: Wrightslaw: Special Education Law
  • IDEA History – PARC + Mills Cases – Past US Supreme Court Cases
10:30-10:45 Break
10:45-12:00 IDEA (con’t)

  • Section 1400: Findings & Purposes
  • Section 1401: Key Definitions
  • Section 1412: LRE, ESY, Child Find, Private Placements
12:00-1:00 Lunch
  • Measuring Progress: Understanding Tests & Measurements & the Bell Curve, Standard Scores, Scaled Scores, % Ranks
    Demo: Charting Test Scores
  • Section 1414(a,b,c): Evaluations
    Section 1414(d) IEPs
2:30-2:45 Break
2:45-4:00 Section 1414(d) IEPs (cont’d)
4:00-4:30 Questions and Answers
Day 2: Saturday, October 5, 2019 – Special Education Advocacy Tactics & Strategies
  • Section 1415 – Due Process, Rules of Procedure, Discipline
  • Other Statutes – Section 504 + ADA AA + ESSA
  • Recent Cases + USDOJ cases and OCR rulings
  • Legal issues: Charter Schools
  • Legal issues: Food Allergies, Anaphylaxis, Epi-Pens, Diabetes, Epilepsy, etc.

The Journey – From Emotions to Advocacy – Tactics

  • The Parent as the Special Ed Manager and Expert
10:30-10:45 Break
10:45-12:00 From Emotions to Advocacy – Tactics

  • 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
  • Crisis, Emergency, Help
  • Recognizing and Avoiding the Fatal Obstacles
  • Organization of the Child’s File
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-2:30 Advocacy Strategies

  • Emotions, Conflict and Normal Obstacles
  • School Culture
  • Rule of Adverse Assumptions
2:30-2:45 Break
2:45-4:00 Advocacy Strategies (con’t)

  • Hazards of Litigation & Outcome Prediction
  • Comprehensive Evaluations
  • Paper Trails & Letters
  • School Meetings: Preparation & Survival Strategies

Closing – In Summation

4:00-4:30 Questions and Answers
Registration Fee
Both Days
Friday Only
Saturday Only

Note: If you register by September 1, 2019 you will receive FREE downloads of Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Ed. and Wrightslaw: Special Education Legal Developments and Cases 2016.

Conference fee includes continental breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack, a Wrightslaw highlighter pen and the three Wrightslaw books which retail for $62.85 – Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd EditionWrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd Edition, and Wrightslaw: All About IEPs.

Click here to register online.

Download and share the conference flyer. Download and share the sponsorship opportunities flyer.

Special Needs Accommodations: Contact Dawn Connelly via email abledadvocacy |at| no later than September 19, 2019.

Scholarships: No scholarships are available for this training. For Massachusetts residents MDDC may be able to provide some limited assistance. Please click here for details.

Refund Policy: No refunds will be given after September 19, 2019. Before September 19th refunds can be processed minus a $30 per registration processing fee. Substitutions are possible until October 1, 2019.

Questions? Contact the sponsors by email abledadvocacy |at| by telephone at 978-905-8151 or by fax 978-224-1036.


Wrightslaw programs often fill up early – don’t miss out!

Logistics, Directions and Accommodations


Map and directions to The Lakeside Inn.


Parking is free at The Lakeside Inn.


Boston Logan International (BOS)
(approximately 16 miles to venue)

Manchester-Boston Regional (MHT)
(approximately 43 miles to venue)

Hotel Accommotations

A block of rooms is being held at The Lakeside Inn. Single $99, Double $109. Cut off date to receive a discounted rate is September 19, 2019. Contact Al at 781-245-6100 or email alfredosenthal |at|