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Pete’s Comments: Pat Howey’s Post & the Decoding Dyslexia Flap

02/12/15
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In December 2014, advocate Pat Howey published a post on the blog entitled “Wake Up Folks! You are Being Sold a Line of Goods about Dyslexia.” Her post generated a fair amount of controversy. Several members of Decoding Dyslexia asked me to respond to Pat’s post and clarify whether her post reflects the position of […]

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Action Alert Virginia! Your Help is Needed Today!

01/30/15
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The Virginia General Assembly is addressing the use of restraint and seclusion of students. Your action is needed today! The Virginia Senate voted to regulate (SB782) the use of seclusion and restraint in public school children. The House of Delegates will now hear similar legislation (HB1443). On Monday morning, February 2, 2015, the House Education […]

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A School Nurse Does the Right Thing!

01/08/15
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From exceptional employee, excellent evaluations – to suddenly unsatisfactory performance.  What happened? What caused this exceptional school nurse’s fall from grace? Linda McGreevy advocated for kids with disabilities. She did the right thing! On June 28, 2005, the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit held that school administrators and the school district […]

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How Do I “Fight” for My Son’s Needs?

12/18/14
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My 10-year-old has just been diagnosed as ADHD, OCD, anxiety, and Tourette’s Disorder. His doctor has recommended a parapro. Should we get an IEP or 504? I need to know how to proceed if I need to “fight” for this for my son. Advocacy Advice from the Community Helpline – From David… If you haven’t […]

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Starting a New IEP Advocacy Year: Back to School Tips

09/04/14
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It’s that time again! For parents of children with special needs, “back to school” means the start of a new IEP advocacy year. Here are some tips to keep in mind. 1. Get your back to school supplies for parents. Find out what you’ll need to help keep documents in order. 2. Update the school […]

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Where Does it Say in the Law That……?

08/28/14
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At Wrightslaw, how can we tell that school has started?  Questions from parents (and teachers) are pouring in each day. I have a question about…who has to attend IEP meetings? goals in the IEP? How do I search for information about… a special ed teacher revising the IEP?  behavior and discipline strategies? Where do I […]

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Have You Checked the www.yellowpagesforkids.com Site Lately?

08/20/14
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What can the www.yellowpagesforkids.com site do for you? Find educational consultants, psychologists, educational diagnosticians, health care providers, academic therapists, tutors, speech language therapists, occupational therapists, coaches, advocates, and attorneys for children with disabilities on the Yellow Pages for Kids for your state. You will also find special education schools, learning centers, treatment programs, parent groups, […]

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State Complaint, Non-Compliance: “The School is Trying to Intimidate Me!”

06/12/14
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I filed a state complaint for non-compliance with the IEP. My son’s teacher and aide are not familiar with autism. He sits in the corner of the room and does nothing. They are not following the IEP.  School staff falsified documentation, changed dates, and did not tell the truth at the last IEP meeting, so […]

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QUIZ: Are you an Appeasing Compromiser or an Assertive Parent?

02/27/14
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Parent advocates come in a number of categories. Do you know your advocacy style? Be honest.  Click the choices that apply to you. (You may select more than one). Then check the results to see how some advocates view themselves. Read more from Marie Sherrett about Assertiveness and Effective Parent Advocacy. http://www.wrightslaw.com/info/advo.parent.sherrett.htm

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The 3 Ps of Preparation for IEP Team Meetings

02/20/14
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How do I prepare for an Individualized Education Program (IEP) meeting? There is a simple way to prepare for IEP Team Meetings. I call it the “Three Ps of Preparation.” Plan Produce Provide Planning is important as you prepare for IEP meetings. You will become better at negotiating for services because you will always have […]

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