Wrightslaw, our goals are to help you gain the information and skills
you need to navigate the confusing world of special education. This
issue of The Special Ed Advocate
is part of a series about IEPs.
Highlights: Why parents cannot ask for "what's best"; how to use tactics & strategies in IEPs; how to use a parent IEP attachment; retention & social promotion; FAPE & IEPs; new Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities; help in From Emotions to Advocacy; advocacy training schedule.
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Free Newsletter Flyer. Check additions to our Free Newsletter Flyer - which has grown to two pages. Please print and distribute this new Free Newsletters Flyer - ask your school to include the Free Newsletter flyer in your school newsletter too!
start a FETA Study Group:
1. Loving Parents Want What Is Best for Child - But Schools Only Need to Provide FAPE
Learn why you cannot use words like "best" or "maximizing
potential" in discussions with school staff; article includes
Four Rules About FAPE.
2. IEP Goals & Objectives: Tactics & Strategy Session with Pete Wright
can you get good goals and objectives in your child's IEP? What
can you do if the school wants to use subjective "teacher observations,"
not objective testing in the IEP? How can parents avoid "methodology
How to Use a
Parent IEP Attachment
4. Facts About Retention & Social Promotion
you have a child with a disability, the end of the school year
may bring a tough decision - should you hold your child back?
Should you allow the school to promote your child?
I Allow the School to Retain My Child? Answers a parent's
questions about retention and offers advice about alternatives; support
from National Association of School Psychologists. Read article:
5. FAPE & IEPs
If you have a child with a disability, your child is entitled to a free appropriate public education (FAPE). In a nutshell, FAPE is an individualized educational program that is designed to meet the child's unique needs and from which the child receives educational benefit.
To answer your questions about FAPE, we built a FAPE Info page with links to articles, cases, and other resources about FAPE:
To learn about FAPE, Least Restrictive Environment, Extended School Year, and IEPs, check these topics pages:
Least Restrictive Environment/LRE: http://www.wrightslaw.com/info/lre.index.htm
Extended School Year: http://www.wrightslaw.com/info/esy.index.htm
Main Topics Page: http://www.wrightslaw.com/topics.htm
6. New Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities: Arizona, Louisiana, Maine, Missouri, Montana, New York, Texas
We are continue to build our "Yellow
Pages for Kids with Disabilities" so people who love and work
with our children can get information, support, and connect with
one another. You will find many different resources on these pages
- government programs, grassroots organizations, and support groups.
Please visit the Yellow Pages for your state. (If your state is not up yet, please be patient) If you know about a good resource, please send the information to firstname.lastname@example.org
the subject line of your message, type your state's two letter designation:
UT, MN, NY, TX, followed by the words YELLOW PAGES - for example,
UT YELLOW PAGES. Thanks!
states down, 23 states and 6 territories to go!
7. Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy - The Special Education Survival Guide
In Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy - The Special Education Survival Guide, we walk you though the IEP process. You learn:
How to become an expert about your childs disability and educational
From Emotions to Advocacy includes chapters about evaluations,
how to organize your child's file, two chapters about how to use the
bell curve to measure progress or lack of progress, and a chapter
about SMART IEPs.
8. Wrightslaw Advocacy Training Schedule
Last week, we did advocacy training programs in Oklahoma City and Sacramento. Both programs sold out!
On Tuesday, more than 400 people traveled to Oklahoma City for an advocacy training program sponsored by the Oklahoma Disabilities Law Center.
Families for Early Autism Treatment (FEAT) sponsored the Sacramento program. Registration closed early when the Sacramento Convention Center rooms were full.
We will be in Chicago later this month. In June, we travel to Orlando, Florida.
full-day programs focus 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.
more information about these programs and others that are scheduled
in the next few months, please check our Seminars
& Training page at http://www.wrightslaw.com/speak/index.htm
9. Subscription & Contact Info
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