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The Special Ed Advocate Newsletter
April 2, 2002


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From the Editor

Empowerment: Start a FETA Group

Get the Word Out Advocacy Campaign

Wrightslaw Game Plan for New Parents

Advice: Power, Trust & Meetings

How to Find a Consultant, Advocate or Attorney

Advocacy Training in SC, MD, ND, OK, CA, IL

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At Wrightslaw, our goals are to help you gain the information and skills you need to navigate the confusing world of special education. For parents, obstacles to effective advocacy include lack of information, isolation, and emotions. This issue focuses on parent advocacy and empowerment.

Highlights: Empowerment and how to start a FETA study group; "Get the Word Out" Advocacy Campaign; Game Plan for New Parents; advice about power, trust, meetings; how to find an educational consultant, advocate, or attorney; advocacy programs in in SC, MD, ND, OK, and CA.

Subscribers on April 2, 2002: 40,365

Advocacy Campaign. To help others learn about special education law and advocacy, join our Get the Word Out Advocacy Campaign. Print and distribute the Wrightslaw flyer and Free Newsletters Flyer. Learn more about our Get the Word Out Advocacy Campaign.


Ask the school to include the Free Newsletter flyer in your school's newsletter too!


From the Editor

"If you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. If you teach a man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime."

As the parent of a child with special educational needs, you are on a journey. In the beginning, you are likely to feel overwhelmed, confused and lost. As you learn to control your emotions and gain knowledge and skills, you will feel strong and empowered.

In this and future issues of The Special Ed Advocate, we will discuss effective parent advocacy, empowerment, and the journey from emotions to advocacy. More info about parent advocacy

Empowerment: How to Start a FETA Study Group

Chuck wrote, "Your new book, Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, energized me and gave me direction. I learned why parent support groups are so important."

"I decided to start a FETA study group for parents of children with special education needs. In the group, parents can come together, learn information and skills, share concerns, and support one another? Do you have advice about how to start a FETA Study Group?"

We like Chuck's idea. After all, the purpose of our websites and books is to teach skills and empower parents - to help parents grow from emotions to advocacy. We want to encourage parents and groups to start FETA Study Groups.

Learn how to start a FETA group, pitfalls and strategies, how to get free publicity -- and change your school's culture in How to Start a FETA Study Group.

URL: http://www.wrightslaw.com/info/advo.feta.groups.htm


Get the Word Out Advocacy Campaign

If you are like many parents, you feel helpless and powerless. If you think, "I'm just a parent - what can I do?" you need to join our Get the Word Out Advocacy Campaign. A great way to combat negative emotions is to help others - you become empowered.

Join our Advocacy Campaign - get the word out about special education advocacy and help our kids.


Wrightslaw Game Plan for New Parents

Each week, we receive dozens of requests for help from new parents.

"My son is 8 years old and in the second grade. He is diagnosed with learning disabilities and ADHD. He is in a self- contained reading class because he cannot read or spell. Where do we start?"

"My 10 year daughter has been in special education classes for three years but she isn't learning. When we asked for more help, school staff said she was doing fine. What should I read to become a better advocate for my child?"

Are you confused about special education? Overwhelmed? Not sure what you should learn first? You need a game plan that helps you focus on what is important. Download the Wrightslaw Game Plan for New Parents.

If you know other parents who are struggling, please forward the article to them! More info about parent advocacy

Our book, Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, (FETA book) is unique because it teaches you the information and skills you need to be an effective advocate for your child.
Learn more about the FETA book.

Order the FETA book.


Advice: Power, Trust & Meetings; How to Find Help

Parent advocate Pat Howey offers good advice about parental expectations, power struggles, school meetings, and trusting the system to do what's right.

Help! How to Find an Educational Consultant, Advocate, Attorney Strategies and suggestions about how you can find an educational consultant, advocate or attorney who represents children with disabilities.


Pete & Pam Hit the Road - Training Programs in SC, MD, ND, OK, CA, IL

In April and May, Pete and Pam will do advocacy training programs in South Carolina, Maryland, North Dakota, Oklahoma, California, and Illinois. We hope you will join us for a one-day advocacy program or a two-day intensive Boot Camp. Learn about our advocacy training programs

On April 5 & 6, we do a two-day intensive advocacy training program - Wrightslaw Boot Camp in Columbia, SC. More info

On April 13, we do a full day of advocacy training in Montgomery Co, Maryland, just outside of DC (University of Maryland - Shady Grove). Note: Register soon - this program is nearly full.

On April 26 & 27, we do a two-day Advocacy Boot Camp in Minot, North Dakota. The training is sponsored by Pathfinders Services of North Dakota.

New! On Tuesday, May 7, we do a full day of advocacy training in Oklahoma City. If you are an Oklahoma parent of a child with special education needs, and you preregister now, you can attend this program at no charge -- and you will also get both Wrightslaw books as a part of your registration! Great Deal! Download flyer about Oklahoma program

New! On Saturday, May 11, we will do one-day advocacy training program in Sacramento. Details will be available soon. If interested, please check our schedule page over the next few days.

New! On May 25-26, we do two days of advocacy training at the International Rett Syndrome Conference in Chicago. More info

Learn when we will be in your area. Are you interested in scheduling a Wrightslaw Training Program? Please read these FAQs.


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