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Self-Study Week 2: Read One Book a Month Plan

07/23/15
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So you want to be an advocate for your child! What do you need to learn? What skills do you need to acquire? Parents are far more likely to succeed when they negotiate for special education services when they – 1. are knowledgeable about their children’s rights (and their own rights and responsibilities) 2. know […]

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Your Advocacy Game Plan – Week 1

07/02/15
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Plan and Prepare As a parent, you negotiate with the school for services. To be a successful negotiator, you must understand the system and how it works. Many parents don’t realize that school systems are bureaucracies. Parents often don’t know how important decisions are made – or by whom. Improve Your Advocacy Skills If you […]

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Self-Study Advocacy Program for the New Parent – the 7 “Ps”

06/25/15
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Until now, parents have been barred from effective advocacy by lack of information and isolation. The Internet is changing the status quo. Over the next several months, our blog posts will provide a self-help study plan that good parent advocates need to have. You’ll learn how to plan and prepare to be an effective advocate, […]

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Discontinuing Services? Not So Fast!!

06/18/15
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My 12 yr old daughter has had an IEP for 5 years for deficits in written communication skills.  A year before we were scheduled for a triennial evaluation, the school requested a data review. Since she makes As and does well in school, the school intends to drop her IEP and discontinue services. NOT SO […]

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Sleep Disorders, Truancy and Student Needs: A Complicated Mix

05/18/15
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I have a student with a sleep disorder and emotional issues. How do the compulsory attendance laws and a student with special education needs intertwine? Good question. All states have compulsory attendance laws. I am not aware of exceptions for children with disabilities, but suggest you contact your State Department of Education to find out […]

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Socially & Developmentally Behind. Should We Retain?

03/12/15
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My 11-year-old son, grade 5, is behind a little socially. He has no real friends who seek him out or invite him over. He says he wants to be in normal classes with friends. He is in resource now for spelling and math, and has always been an average reader, but is slipping. Next year […]

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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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