Supreme Court Agrees to Decide Fry v. Napoleon Comm. School et. al

At 9:30 am on Tuesday morning, June 28, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court announced that they granted cert in Fry v. Napoleon Comm. Sch. Dist. et al. The Court will hear oral arguments and decide the case during their next term which begins in October 2016. QUESTION PRESENTED  “Whether petitioners’ civil action seeking money damages for past violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 constitutes a “civil action * * * …Read more

Wrightslaw Training Coming to Huntsville, AL on August 25, 2016!

Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Conference, a Wrightslaw training program featuring Pete Wright, Esq., is being sponsored by The Autism Resource Foundation. The program will be held at The Chan Auditorium on the University of Alabama in Huntsville campus. Conference fee includes lunch and break time refreshments, a Wrightslaw highlighter pen and the three Wrightslaw books which retail for $62.85 – Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition, Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd Edition, …Read more

Taking Away Recess as Punishment – Does it Help?

“77 percent of school principals report that they withhold recess as punishment, even as they simultaneously sing the praises of recess as a factor in academic, cognitive, and social development. 8 in 10 principals acknowledge that time to play has a positive impact on achievement, and two-thirds of principals state that students listen better after recess and are more focused in class.” – reported in a New York Times Article Students Who Lose Recess Are …Read more

AOTS Hosts the 3rd Annual Wrightslaw Training in Los Angeles, CA!

The AOTS Group welcomes back Pete Wright, Esq. for it’s 3rd Annual Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Conference on Thursday, October 20, 2016. The training takes place at the Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, CA. Conference fee includes parking, executive lunch and beverages, a Wrightslaw highlighter pen and the three Wrightslaw books which retail for $62.85 – Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition, Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd Edition, and Wrightslaw: All …Read more

Need a Voice in the IEP Process?

When your child with a disability receives special education services, you need to know: how to develop your child’s IEP in plain language your rights and responsibilities under IDEA the law, regulation, publication from the U.S. Dept of Ed that supports your position or request – so you can bring it to the IEP meeting If you need a description of legal issues and/or problems you may encounter during the IEP process, you’ll find it …Read more

Wrightslaw Training Coming to Lafayette, IN on November 4, 2016!

It’s been 12 years! Wrightslaw is heading back to the state of Indiana! Special Education Consulting welcomes Pete and Pam Wright back for this one-day Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Training in Lafayette, IN on Friday, November 4, 2016. Keynote Speaker: Special Evening with Jim Comstock-Galagan, Esq. Jim speaks from the heart about the meaning of Inclusion on Thursday evening, November 3, from 7 to 9 o’clock. Register Online Today! Download and share the …Read more

State “Hands are Tied” in Compliance with IDEA: Seriously?!

In my experience, lack of enforcement of IDEA is an open invitation for the school district staff to create laws and rules on the fly. The folks at our State Department of Education acknowledge that “our system is flawed and broken. Our hands are tied.” School districts should never have the option of using tax payer money to pay for attorneys to defend them when they do not comply with IDEA. Your State Dept of …Read more

Wrightslaw Boot Camp Coming to Tucson, AZ on August 18-19, 2016!

The Southern Arizona Network for Down Syndrome and the Autism Society of Southern Arizona welcomes Pete and Pam Wright to Tucson, AZ on August 18-19, 2016. In Wrightslaw Two Day Boot Camps, you learn how to use special education statutes and regulations to get answers to your questions; to use tests and measurements to measure educational progress; chart out test scores; write SMART IEPs goals and objectives; learn how to use Every Student Succeeds Act …Read more

Negotiating with the School on Transportation Issues

My daughter attends public school. She has autism and a BIP. The transportation department refuses to come down our gravel private lane to pick her up at our driveway. I feel it is a safety issue.  How can I solve this problem? Negotiating with the School Parents need to negotiate with school staff to find acceptable solutions to problems. Request to talk with the transportation director. Read your state laws and regulations about bus transportation …Read more

Special Education, School Sports, and IEPs

Providing students with disabilities the opportunity to try out and play on mainstream school sports teams is important. “Participation in extracurricular athletics can be a critical part of a student’s overall educational experience, said Seth Galanter, acting assistant secretary for the Office for Civil Rights (OCR). “Schools must ensure equal access to that rewarding experience for students with disabilities.” (OCR Press Release) DOE Guidance on Legal Obligations for Extracurricular Activities. The USDOE’s Office for Civil …Read more