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1. New England Conference Update: CLEs & CEUs, Hotel InformationOn September 8-9, 2000, Pete and Pam WRIGHT will join John O. WILLIS and Thom HARTMANN for a 2-day conference about Special Education Law in Bedford, New Hampshire (conference agenda below).
In addition to special education legal issues about least restrictive environment, inclusion, mainstreaming, pull-out services, special education in general education classrooms, "collaborative" models, "methodology," statewide assessments, peer tutoring, and "best practices," Pete and Pam Wright will talk about how school personnel can advocate for children with disabilities - while avoiding problems with the school system.
Dr. WILLIS will discuss best practices, evaluations, and IEPs. Thom HARTMANN, author of several best-selling books about ADD/ADHD, will discuss the Hunter/Farmer metaphor, self-esteem, and damage to ADD/ADHD children by the failure to provide an appropriate education.
Dot French of Education-A-Must advises that she has Continuing Legal Education credit for New Hampshire attorneys, and has received verbal CLE approval for New York. We understand that CLEs for Connecticut and Maine are pending.
Dot advises that the conference has been approved by several New England states for Certificates of Attendance for Continuing Education Units. She has received reservations from Florida and North Carolina, in addition to New York and the New England states. Thanks!
The conference is being held at The Wayfarer Inn, 121 South River, Bedford, New Hampshire. Reservations: 877-489-3658. As of this afternoon (8/30), the Wayfarer Inn had 40 rooms left. If you plan to attend this conference, you need to act quickly to reserve a spot.
You can register for this conference by phone, fax, or email.
Please contact Dot French to make reservations: Phone: 603-437-6286
Fax Registration: 603-434-0371
Please print out the conference agenda to share with friends and colleagues.
2. Upate on the New Creative Solutions ContestAn alert newsletter subscriber wrote that we omitted some important information in our Alert about the new Creative Solutions Contest. Get more information about the Contest, including deadlines, voting, and prizes.
3. Back to School - Links to Articles, Cases, Other Info It's "Back to School Time"- and time for us to publish an updated list of articles and information for parents and advocates. Because site visitors have different needs, we tried to devise a list of useful articles by interest and experience level. We hope this will help you find information that meets your learning needs.
If you are NEW to the amazing world of special ed - as a parent or a teacher - start with these articles:Read this article . .
Parents of disabled children understand one crucial fact - that only by obtaining an appropriate education will my child have a real opportunity to lead a fulfilling, productive life." Read more from this article . . .Read more from this article . . .
MORE EXPERIENCED parents, teachers and advocates have questions about IEPs, evaluations, and educational progress ("benefit"). Do you have copies of these articles? Here are the top downloads from Wrightslaw:Get this article . . .
Understanding Tests and Measurements for the Parent and Advocate (#1 in August, #2 in 2000)"Most parents of special needs children know that they must understand the law and their rights. Few parents know that they must also understand the facts. The "facts" in a child's case are contained in the tests and evaluations that have been administered to the child. Changes in test scores over time provide the means to assess educational benefit or regression." Download this article . . . this article about IEP goals and objectives.
4. August Newsletters Now in the ArchivesThe August issues of The Special Ed Advocate Newsletter have been uploaded to the Newsletter Archives.
Special Issue: Assistive Technology. (August 2, 2000) What is "assistive technology"? How should it be used? Newsletter includes lots of resources, information about conferences.
August 9, 2000 issue of The Special Ed Advocate Newsletter includes new Decision from 8th Circuit in case about graduation as change of placement and procedural safeguards; new links and resources.
Issue: Rights, Responsibilities, and Procedural Safeguards.
(August 21, 2000) Also Parent Notice, Supremacy Clause; important
new decision in Sarah M. v. Veast (MD)