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 effective advocacy for children with disabilities.
disputes by negotiation, mediation or litigation; strategies in mediations
and negotiations; 8 Steps to better IEP meetings; how to disagree
with the school without starting WW III; how to get services by asking
(the right) questions; help from Yellow Pages for Kids.
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How to Resolve Special Education Disputes: Negotiate,
Mediate or Litigate
2. Play Hearts, Not Poker by Jennifer Bollero, Esq.
To learn why mediation seems to be a game of poker, but is actually a game of hearts, read Play Hearts, Not Poker by Jennifer Bollero.
Ms. Bollero writes from the unique perspective of an attorney who is also the parent of a child with autism. She teaches parents how to negotiate better IEPs for their children and offers insights and practice tips for attorneys and paralegal advocates who represent parents and children with disabilities. Play Hearts, Not Poker includes "Eight Steps to Better IEP Meetings" -
3. Tactics & Strategies in Mediations & Negotiations by Dee Alpert, Esq.
has litigated federal class action sex discrimination employment suits,
administrative sex and race discrimination proceedings, and special
education cases. Read Ms. Alpert's advice about positions, offers,
and dealing with "junk tactics" and learn the advantages
of mediation over litigation.
4. How to Disagree with the IEP Team - Without Starting WW III
answers questions about IEPs and teaches you how to disagree with
the IEP team without starting World War III. Learn about the Rules
of Adverse Assumptions, how to use tape recording and thank you letters
to clarify issues, along with tips to deal with a team bully.
5. Success Story: How I Learned to Get Services by Asking (the Right) Questions
"When I began to advocate for my daughter, I supported requests with tons of documentation. I was surprised when the "powers that be" would not provide the services and supports. Why was I having this problem? What could I do? Then I realized that the educators viewed me as a 'Know it All Parent' . . ."
are battling the school about services for your child, you need to
read this article!
6. Looking for Help? Visit the Yellow Pages!
"We just moved to Houston and need to find a pediatric neurologist for our child with autism - please help."
"I am looking for a parent support group in Portland Oregon - please help."
We built the Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities so you can get reliable 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 Flyers
Help us get the word out about the new Yellow Pages! Download a general Yellow Pages Flyer or the flyer for your state. Please distribute your state Yellow Pages Flyer at schools, day care centers, libraries, doctor's and psychologist's offices, community centers, and hospitals.
7. How to Start a FETA Study Group
Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy (FETA) by Pete & Pam Wright teaches parents, educators, and others how to advocate for kids with disabilities. Pete & Pam built a companion website for the FETA book at Fetaweb.com to enhance your learning of advocacy skills and strategies.
But the best way to learn is by doing - and by teaching others. In How to Start a FETA Study Group, you learn to -
* Recognize and resolve problems early
* Get free publicity for your group
* Manage members' emotions & stay on task
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