Highlights: Help! My child's rights are being violated; advocating for your child- getting started; dealing with a crisis; new resources and help; new Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities; new issue of The Beacon available soon; Back to Press-Thank You Sale continues.
as of March 4, 2002: 38,738
Help My Child's Rights Are Being Violated - How Can I Get Services?
"I am fighting a losing battle with the special educators about providing my son with the services he is entitled to. After many confrontations and persistence, they placed him in a self-contained class for emotionally disturbed children for one hour a day."
"The teacher disagrees that he needs these services. His IEP has not been reviewed, nor have I received any reports about his success or efforts. I have been told by friends that my son's rights are being violated. I am extremely frustrated. What should I do?"
Advocating For Your Child - Getting Started
Good special education services are intensive and expensive. Resources are limited. If you have a child with special needs, you may wind up battling the school district for the services your child needs. To prevail, you need information, skills, and tools.
On the journey from emotions to advocacy, you need to learn about your child's disability, educational and remedial techniques, educational progress, Individualized Education Programs (IEPs), and how to artfully advocate.
You need to learn how to present your concerns and problems in writing, prepare for meetings, and search for win-win solutions. You need to use your emotions as a source of energy and power, and how to focus on getting an appropriate education for your child.
NOTE: "Advocating for Your Child - Getting Started" is based on a chapter from our new book, Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy - The Special Education Survival Guide.
Emergency! Crisis! Help!
If you've been tempted to send an email to Wrightslaw that begins "HELP," you aren't alone. Many parents send very specific questions by email, and ask for immediate advice. Unfortunately, we cannot answer individual requests for information and help. Before Pete can suggest a course of action, parents need to complete a comprehensive questionnaire. Parents need to send him a complete copy of their child's file.
Most parents do not need an attorney - they need a plan.
We wrote an article for parents who are in crisis -- and for parents who want to avoid a crisis. It's important for parents to realize that they often damage their child's case by reacting emotionally, acting impulsively, or believing they must DO SOMETHING RIGHT NOW!
For more articles and resources about parent advocacy, go to the Parent Advocacy page.
More Resources & Help At Fetaweb.com
To learn about your child's disability, refer to our Directory of Disabilities Organizations and Information Groups.
To get your state special education regulations and other special education publications from your state, use our Directory of State Departments of Education.
For information and parent training in your state, use the Directory of Parent Training Information Centers.
For legal and advocacy information, refer to our Directory of Legal and Advocacy Resources.
For more information about free resources, go to the "Getting Help Page" at Fetaweb.com
New Yellow Pages For Kids With Disabilities
As you know, we are building "Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities" so people who love and work with our children can get information, support, and connect with one another.
We have posted Yellow Pages for five more states:
Fourteen states up, 36 states and 6 territories to go! To get the Yellow Pages for your state, check the master list of Yellow Pages at:
Please visit your state Yellow Pages. If you know about useful resources that we missed, please send the information to: firstname.lastname@example.org
In the subject line of your message, type your state's two letter designation: MD, SC, CA, AL, followed by the words YELLOW PAGES - for example, MD YELLOW PAGES.
Thanks for your help!
New Issue Of Beacon Coming Soon
The Beacon: The Journal of Special Education Law and Practice is the first journal published exclusively for parent attorneys and advocates. The Beacon provides a forum for practicing attorneys and advocates to exchange information.
Harbor House will soon publish a new issue of The Beacon about expert witnesses. (Earlier issues dealt with mediation and negotiation of special ed disputes and documents.)
You can subscribe to The Beacon from the Harbor House Law site at http://www.harborhouselaw.com/
To learn more about The Beacon, go to: http://www.harborhouselaw.com/newsletter.html
Buy 2 Books, Save $15 Sale Continues - Sale Ends March 15, 2002
Last week, we sent out an announcement about our Back to Press / Thank You Sale.
When you buy one Wrightslaw book at regular retail price ($29.95), you get the 2nd book for just $14.95 (50% off) -- buy two books, you save $15.00!
You can mix and match - two Law books, two FETA books, one Law book and one FETA book. To learn more about this sale, go to
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