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Highlights: The "inside story" of the FETA cruise; science v. innovation & cadillac v. chevrolet disputes; fighting to retain the status quo; TEACCH v ABA debate; subscribe to free newsletters; books about educating children with autism; autism info page; Pete & Pam come to Cleveland and Chicago.
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From Emotions to Advocacy Cruise: The Inside Story
Friday, January 18, Fascination returned to Miami after a 5 day cruise
in the Western Caribbean. On
board were parents, advocates, and attorneys who joined Pete and Pam
Wright on the "From
Emotions to Advocacy Cruise."
Educating Children with Autism: Science v. Innovation, Cadillac v. Chevy Disputes
Deal is a seven year old child who has autism. His school district evaluated
him, then placed him in a generic preschool class with developmentally
Zachary's parents learned about Lovaas-ABA educational programs, they
implemented a home-based ABA program for their son. This program included
intensive one-on-one instruction, highly structured teaching, and
After a 27 day due process hearing, the judge issued a decision in Zachary's favor, finding that:
"Notwithstanding the fact that it had virtually no scientific data to support the services it offered for Zachary, [the district] rejected the Lovaas based methodology . . . The evidence showed that the HCDE actually cobbled together various components from other methodologies, primarily TEACCH . . . based on the experience and preferences of individual IEP team members . . ."
their intuition and experience were telling them that their choices
for autistic children were as good or better than Lovaas ABA, they were
judge found that several school witnesses were not credible. He described
these witnesses as evasive, confrontational, and "demonstrated
a closed mind and steadfast adherence to preconceived notions."
IDEA may not mandate a Cadillac for Zachary Deal. It does, however,
require the HCDE to make sure whichever vehicle they propose is fully
gassed and capable of arriving at an appropriate destination."
Fighting to Retain the Status Quo by Gary Mayerson, Esq.
Gary Mayerson, attorney for Zachary Deal's parents, writes an article about the costs when school districts cling to outmoded programs and fight to retain the status quo:
"What is incredible, other than the length of the hearing (27 days) and the tens of thousands of pages of evidence, is the crushing cost to the County which is in excess of $600,000, no matter how you slice it."
TEACCH v. ABA Debate
answers questions about the methods used to educate young children
Free Autism Newsletter
for Effective Autism Treatment (FEAT) publishes FEAT Daily Newsletter,
a free newsletter about neurobiological disorders.
Editor's Choice: Books About Autism
a Win-Win IEP for Students with Autism
From Emotions to Advocacy - The Special Education Survival Guide
Autism Info Page
Autism is a developmental disorder of neurobiological origin that affects the child's ability to communicate ideas and feelings, use imagination, and establish relationships with others.
All available research strongly suggests that intensive early intervention makes a critical difference to children with autistic disorders. Without early identification and diagnosis, children with autism do not learn the skills necessary to benefit from education.
Pete & Pam in Cleveland & Chicago
Please join Pete and Pam Wright for a full day of advocacy training in Cleveland Ohio and Chicago, Illinois.
February 20: Cleveland, OH. For information, call the Cuyahoga County Bar Association at 216-621-5112 or Special Education Legal Services (SELS) at 216-289-IDEA (216-289-4332). Download and distribute flyer.
February 23: Chicago, IL. For information, call Special Connections 312-914-0591 or email Contact@special-connections.org
if we are scheduled to come to your area, please check our Schedule.
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