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Wrightslaw Heading to the West Coast – Seattle, WA

10/21/13
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Date: November 7, 2013 Location: St. Demetrois Hall in Seattle, Washington Topic: Special Education Law and Advocacy Speaker: Pete Wright, Esq. Sponsors: Down Syndrome Community Click here for information on registration fees, scholarships, credits, agenda and more. Register by October 31st and save $25 as an Individual and $50 as a Professional. See you in […]

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Plan Your Next Wrightslaw Conference with the Fall Foliage in CT!

08/26/13
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New Information – Live Feed Registration Option Now Available! $99 -Includes morning coffee and books. No breakfast or lunch served.  Details are available here! Did you know the peak color for fall leaves in Connecticut is estimated to be between October 5th and November 13th? So…check out this Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Training […]

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An Amazing Journey: Things You Can Do Under Section 504

05/09/13
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From Jim Comstock-Galagan The recent amendments to Section 504 and the ADAA greatly expanded coverage under Section 504/ADA. The ADA Amendments Act, Public Law No. 110–325 (2008), overturned Supreme Court precedent that narrowed coverage under the ADA and Section 504. The reauthorized law provided that impairments should be considered in their unmitigated state and widened […]

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Will My Child Benefit by Giving Up His IEP?

04/25/13
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My 4th grader with ADHD goes to resource for reading and math. His school wants to take him off an IEP and put him on a 504. His teacher feels he misses out when he goes to resource. She thinks he will do better if he stayed in class with a small group. What are […]

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College Accommodations: What are My Child’s Rights?

01/31/13
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Where can I find out my daughter’s rights to accommodations in college? We asked for testing to be done out of the classroom in a quiet location. All of her tests in high school were done this way. We also asked for copies of notes, PowerPoint slides, and teacher outlines to help her follow lectures. […]

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Have No IDEA?

09/17/12
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Use Wrightslaw books and Training CD Rom’s to help. “Parents, want to know you and your child’s rights? – try the advocacy book. Want to know the educational law concerning special ed? They have a book for it. Want to understand No Child Left Behind or IDEA? Well, that’s there too.” dixiwaters – Amazon reviewer […]

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What is the Timeline for Developing a Section 504 Plan?

08/13/12
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My 6 year old daughter had her 3 year reevaluation. She has Childhood Apraxia of Speech and fine motor difficulty. She is doing well academically. At the IEP meeting, one month ago, it was decided that she no longer qualifies for an IEP.  The school suggested a 504 plan and said they would contact us […]

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Does “Eligible for Special Ed” Mean an IEP?

05/24/12
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My 15 year old daughter was determined eligible for special education. The special ed teacher was pushing for a 504, I want an IEP. If she qualifies for special education doesn’t that mean she gets an IEP? The answer to your question about an IEP v. a 504 Plan depends on which law governs your […]

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Some Students Don’t Receive Needed Test Accommodations

03/26/12
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Disability Scoop reports that “too little is being done to ensure that students with disabilities receive appropriate accommodations on the SAT, ACT and other standardized tests, according to a new government report. Although the Americans with Disabilities Act requires test companies to provide accommodations like extra time or different formats, the Government Accountability Office found […]

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Automatic Services for Children with Autism – What are the Hard & Fast Rules?

01/12/12
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My son has autism and the district says they are reducing services and changing him from an IEP to a 504 for Aspergers. I believe they are trying to move him off a plan entirely.  He has difficulty with organization and is headed to middle school with a rotating schedule that drops a period each […]

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