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Medicaid Coverage: Feds Clarify Obligations To Kids With Autism

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Melanie Feazell works with Declan Byrne during an ABA session. Federal officials say states must provide treatment services like ABA for kids with autism on Medicaid. (Francine Orr/Los Angeles Times/MCT)


Medicaid programs nationwide must offer medically necessary diagnostic and treatment services to kids with autism, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services told states in a bulletin earlier this month. (From Disability Scoop, July 17, 2014). That includes everything from speech and occupational therapy to personal care services and medical equipment, the agency said.”

Clarification of Medicaid Coverage of Services to Children with Autism, Informational Bulletin (July 7, 2014)  from the Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, (CMS). [Read more →]

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Improve Your Advocacy Skills! Attend a Wrightslaw Training in 2015!

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The 2015 Wrightslaw Training Schedule is filling up fast! Pick a city and register today!

Read what people are saying about Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Trainings.

“I am very glad that I was able to attend Peter Wright’s training session in Wilton last week. I thought he was terrific! Re that, what a good job he is doing in working to empower parents!!” NY attorney

“Very informative. Great ideas for advocacy. Now I feel that I can negotiate with understanding the law to support me.” – Attendee, Portland, Maine

“THANK-YOU so much for the opportunity to learn such invaluable information this past weekend. It was the BEST!”

“As a counselor, I am often “out of the loop” so this information was especially valuable. When I returned to school, I reviewed my students’ records and translated their test data into percentiles- now it is very clear to me. Thanks so much!” Read More…

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 We look forward to seeing you in 2015!

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It’s Your Chance To Talk – Please do!

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I was very happy you added a new letter for parents in your newsletter. The story about how to collect data and assert rights at a meeting was very helpful.

Exactly! That’s our mission

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Federal Legal Requirements: Meeting the Communication Needs of Students with Disabilities

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New guidance on the rights of students with hearing, vision, or speech disabilities.

Students with disabilities, like all students, must be provided the opportunity to fully participate in our public schools.

A critical aspect of participation is communication with others.

November 12, 2014: U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights and Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services issued Joint Guidance (Letter to Educators) about the rights of public elementary and secondary students with hearing, vision, or speech disabilities to effective communication.

Public schools are responsible for ensuring that communication with students who have hearing, vision, or speech disabilities is as effective as communication with all other students.

Three Federal laws address the obligations of all public schools to meet the communication needs of students with disabilities. [Read more →]

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Free Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Training Coming to OKC!

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This FREE Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Training is sponsored by The Oklahoma Disability Law Center, Inc. and Partners in Education Advocacy.

FREE for parents, family members and individuals who work with children with disabilities and are residents of Oklahoma. Out of state registrants are welcome, but will be charged for the cost of the books ($78).

Download the In-State Registration Form.

Download the Out-of-State Registration Form.

Registrants will receive four books: Wrightslaw Special Education Law, 2nd Edition, Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd Edition, Wrightslaw: All About IEPs and Wrightslaw: All About Tests and Assessments. You will also receive the Wrightslaw Training CD-Rom, Understanding Your Child’s Test Scores.

For all conference details, please click here.

See you in Oklahoma!


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Where Can I Find Names of Reading Tests?

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My son will enter 6th grade, 3 years behind in reading. I think he has dyslexia. The school states he is “making progress.” I requested all his reading tests that show “progress.”

Please tell me the name of the tests the school should have performed when screening for reading.

What tests should they have used for an educational evaluation?

Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that affects language.

A child with dyslexia will have difficulty reading accurately and fluently. Spelling will be poor. Most children with dyslexia have weaknesses in phonological processing. Many also have weaknesses in rapid naming.

Most standardized, norm-referenced tests that are used to test for learning disabilities are also used to evaluate children for dyslexia.

But no test measures all reading skills. Different tests measure different skills.

Reading Assessments

If you want to get up to speed on tests that are used to measure reading skills… [Read more →]

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Reminder – Wrightslaw Training Coming to the “Tropics of Texas”…

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Wrightslaw conference in McAllen, TX - venueRegister Today!

McAllen, Texas that is! Sponsor, TeamMario welcomes Pete Wright, Esq., to the southern tip of Texas in the Rio Grande Valley for a Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Training on November 6, 2014.

Registration includes Continental breakfast, afternoon snack and three Wrightslaw books.

Early Bird Registration ends on September 30, 2014 so Register Online Today!

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Are you interested in becoming a vendor at this conference? If so, contact Christine Clifford by calling 979-492-1062 or email   info |at|

See you in McAllen, TX!


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How Can I Get My Son’s IEP Updated for College?

by Pete Wright

teen boy at lockersMy son’s IEP was last updated in 3rd grade. He is now a senior at a private christian school. How can I get his IEP updated for college?

There are several issues in your question.

Private Schools and IEPs

Does a private school have to provide an IEP for a child with a disability?

Answer: No. IDEA 2004 does not apply to private schools.

Private Placement and IEPs

Does the public school have to provide that child with an IEP? [Read more →]

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