At Wrightslaw, our goals are to help you gain the information and skills you need to navigate the confusing world of special education. In this issue, we look at inclusion, least restrictive environment, and due process hearings.
Highlights: Is inclusion a right; new article about least restrictive environment, inclusion, FAPE, and educational benefit; how to prepare for a due process hearing; advocacy training programs sell out; new resources on Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities.
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Isn't Inclusion a Child's Right?
IEP team wants to place a child with autism in a self-contained class,
despite the parentís objections. Am I missing something? Isnít full
inclusion a childís right?
Is inclusion a right? Are there exceptions to this right?
Go to our new LRE / Inclusion Topics page for articles, cases, and position papers that will help you advocate. (Be sure to download the "Position Paper on Inclusive Schools" from the National Association of School Psychologists!)
Least Restrictive Environment (LRE), Mainstreaming, Inclusion and FAPE
requires that disabled children receive a free appropriate public
education (FAPE) in the least restrictive environment (LRE). The least
restrictive environment (LRE) requirement is often referred to as
inclusion or mainstreaming.
our new article, IDEA
Requirements: Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) and FAPE. In
this article, we discuss LRE, mainstreaming, inclusion, FAPE and educational
New Topics Pages
We continue to reorganize hundreds of articles on the Wrightslaw site and create new topics pages. This is a huge undertaking but should make your research easier. You may want to check the following topics pages for more information about the subjects covered in this issue of The Special Ed Advocate newsletter.
LRE and Inclusion at http://www.wrightslaw.com/info/lre.index.htm
How to Prepare for a Due Process Hearing
An attorney writes: "I am preparing for my first due process hearing. Can you give me some advice and pointers?"
Yes! Here are steps you can take to prepare for a due process hearing.
to Put on a Special Education Case" by Sonja Kerr, Esq.
Download, print and read "Representing the Special Ed Child: A Manual for the Attorney and Lay Advocate" by Pete Wright
Representing the Special Education Child has been revised several times since it was originally published in 1995 for a legal education seminar. The information is divided into several sections: The Need to Know; Presenting Problem; Preparing for a Due Process Hearing; Ethical Considerations; and Appendices.
the Council of Parent Attorneys and
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IDEA 2002 Hearing: April 18, 2002
On Thursday, April 18, 2002 at 10:30 am, the House Subcommittee on Education Reform will hold a hearing about Special Education Finance issues.
Hearing on "Special Education Finance at the Federal, State and
Advocacy Training Programs - SOLD OUT!
Knowledge is power. When you have information and skills, you will be a more effective advocate for your child. Our role is to help you gain this knowledge so you can negotiate on your child's behalf.
April 13, we conducted an advocacy training program for 300 parents,
advocates and attorneys in Rockville, MD. This
one-day advocacy seminar in Maryland focused on four areas: special
education law, rights and responsibilities; how to use the bell curve
to measure progress & regression; SMART IEPs; and how to use tactics
& strategies for effective advocacy.
Between now and May 27 (Memorial Day), we have advocacy programs scheduled in:
April 26 & 27: Two-day Advocacy Boot Camp in Minot, North Dakota.
Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities: Maryland & South Carolina
to build "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 19 states up (36 states and
6 territories to go!)
Please visit the Yellow Pages for your state. If you know about a good resource, please send this information to firstname.lastname@example.org
In the subject line of your message, type your state's two letter designation: TX, UT, NM, DE, followed by the words YELLOW PAGES - for example, TX YELLOW PAGES.
Thanks for your help!
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