Faith Filiault, a private educational advocate firm led by Wilton resident Faith Filiault, will present the area’s only Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy conference, taking place Oct. 23.

The all-day event will take place from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Wilton Congregational Church at 70 Ridgefield Rd., and will have a special focus on advocacy for life threatening food allergies, emotional/mental health, ADHD/ADD, behavioral problems, dyslexia and other health impairments.

Wrightslaw programs are designed to meet the needs of parents, advocates, educators, attorneys, and health care providers who represent children with disabilities. The Wilton conference offers a rare opportunity to learn about Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy from speaker, attorney and program founder Pete Wright.

Wright is a leading special education attorney who represents children with special educational needs, has co-authored several pieces of legislation, and is an adviser at William and Mary Law School’s Special Education Advocacy Law Clinic. As a child he was diagnosed with several learning disabilities, but was fortunate enough to catch them early and find treatment. Now he uses his knowledge of the Special Education System and his law training to advocate for children in communities all over the country.

“We are absolutely thrilled to present our second Wrightslaw Conference here in Fairfield County,” says Filiault. “We will be sharing the latest and most topical information in the field of special education advocacy to empower parents with the skills and knowledge they need to advocate for their child(ren).”

Wright represented Shannon Carter before the U. S. Supreme Court in Florence County School District Four v. Shannon Carter, 510 U.S. 7 (1993), in which the Court issued a unanimous decision on Carter’s behalf. 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). Wright is also the co-author of Wrightslaw: Special Education Law (1999); Wrightslaw: No Child Left Behind (2003); Wrightslaw: IDEA 2004, (2005); Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd Edition (2001, 2005); and Tests and Measurements (2014).

Event registration is $175 for parents and $225 for professionals and includes the Wrightslaw books – Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition, Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd Edition, and Wrightslaw: All About IEPs.

Filiault’s 2013 Wrightslaw Conference sold out weeks in advance. Registration for the Oct. 23 conference in Wilton is limited and is filling quickly. For more information or to register, visit www.advocatewithfaith.com or email WLC2014@advocatewithfaith.com.

Pictured above: Pete Wright (L) and Faith Filiault.