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& schools disagree - advice from an independent educational consultant;
advocating for your child - getting started; learning how to advocate
- start a FETA group; help from the Yellow Pages; mistakes people
make - parents, schools, advocates, independent evaluators; how to
put on a special education case; two-day boot camp in Oklahoma City.
Heitin, an independent educational consultant, describes common areas
of disagreement between parents and schools and offers suggestions
and strategies to handle these problems:
Dr. Heitin writes, "I often tell my clients that if my own parents
were alive, they would never understand what I do for a living."
Parents & Schools Disagree:
2. 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.
3. Learn About Advocacy - Start a FETA Group
Do you want to learn advocacy skills? The best way to learn is by doing - and by teaching others.
Learn how to start a FETA group, how to recognize and deal with pitfalls, how to get free publicity for your group, how to manage emotions, and stay on task in How to Start a FETA Study Group:
50% Discount on Wrightslaw Books
Interested in starting a FETA Group? You can save 50% on bulk purchases of Wrightslaw books. For more info, go to:
4. Need Help? Visit the Yellow Pages!
"I need to find an educational consultant - I live in Oregon."
"I need to find a reading tutor for my child - I live in New Hampshire."
"I am looking for a parent support group in the Richmond VA area - can you help?"
Yes, we can help. We built the Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities so you can get information and support.
When you visit your state Yellow Pages, you will find many different resources - evaluators, tutors, advocates, consultants, programs, attorneys, and support groups.
Yellow Pages Applications
Do you provide a service to parents of kids with disabilities? We are accepting applications from evaluators, educational consultants, tutors, advocates, attorneys, support groups, and others who help parents get services for their children. Learn how to apply for a free listing on your state Yellow Pages: http://www.fetaweb.com/help/states.htm
5. Mistakes People Make: Parents, Schools, Advocates & Independent Evaluators by Robert Crabtree, Esq.
Parents: Because the stakes are so high, it is difficult for parents of children with special educational needs to advocate calmly and objectively for the educational and related services their children need. Learn about Mistakes People Make - Parents:
Anything a school system does that undermines parents' trust
creates a climate that is costly in dollars, time, peace of mind,
and the quality and success of services given to the child. To learn
the most common mistakes school districts make, read Mistakes
People Make - Schools:
Do you want to learn more about advocacy? Visit Fetaweb.com,
the companion website we built for our book,
From Emotions to Advocacy at:
6. How to Put on a Special Education Case by Sonja Kerr, Esq.
attorney Sonja Kerr has good advice for the attorney who is preparing
for a due process hearing. Learn why you should not fly solo. Remember
whose job it is to educate. This article also includes tips about
building the "perfect case."
7. Boot Camp in Oklahoma!
December 6-7, Pete and Pam will do a two-day
Boot Camp in Okahoma City.
8. Subscription & Contact Info
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