Can’t Get the Doctor to Your IEP Meeting? There Is a Way Out!

Problem: All too often, the child’s doctor or therapist will nod sympathetically when the parent describes the difficulties encountered attempting to get the child the support he or she needs in school.  Perhaps the provider writes a strong letter to the school, even specifically listing the types of support the parent has in mind.  But providers will rarely take the time to attend a school meeting, and even strong letters from providers might not get …Read more

Negotiating With the School: You Need a Good Game Plan!

As a parent, you negotiate with the school for services. To be a successful negotiator, you must understand the system and how it works. You need a good game plan! Advocacy Game Plan Checklist Download the Checklist (PDF) Many parents don’t realize that school systems are bureaucracies. Parents often don’t know how important decisions are made – or by whom. Find all the steps for gathering information and honing your advocacy skills. Gather & organize …Read more

Hot Topics: Quick Picks

My Child Needs PE. May I request that the school put at least 10 minutes a day of physical activity for my child on his IEP? If your child has a disability and an IEP, the school must provide physical education as part of your child’s special education program. Answer: Read IDEA requirements for specially designed Physical Education and Adapted Physical Education (APE) Do I Have a Right to Observe My Child’s Classroom? I want …Read more

Got Questions? Wrightslaw Has Answers!

Looking for information on Wrightslaw.com? Watch the video “Wrightslaw Provides Answers to Your Questions.” You’ll find the video at the top of our main Wrightslaw page. Pete created a five minute overview about how to find: the statute cases pleadings articles and more… In this video, Pete will walk you through how to find information on the Wrightslaw website. Learn how to use the powerful “search box” tool to find caselaw and jury trials. Scroll …Read more

Did You Complete the Parent Advocacy Self-Study? Download Your Certificate!

We hope you enjoyed our Self-Study Summer Advocacy Series. Download your Certificate If you did not have a chance to finish, you can still review and catch up. Advocacy Program for the New Parent – the 7 “Ps” Week 1 – Your Advocacy Game Plan Week 2 – Read One Book a Month Week 3 – 10 Tips for Good Advocates Week 4 – Link Up with Other Advocates Week 5 – Become an Advocate

Self-Study Week 5: Help Others! Become an Advocate

Step #1: New parent advocates need to plan and prepare, learn information, and develop strategies. Step #2: New parent advocates need opportunities to practice advocacy skills. Offer to go to IEP Team meetings with other parents. Offer to be a friendly face at the table. Explain that you are trying to learn. When you attend an IEP meeting for others, you are more objective. You will see the games people play, and that some school …Read more

Advocacy Self-Study Week 5: Help Others! Become an Advocate

Step #1: New parent advocates need to plan and prepare, learn information, and develop strategies. Step #2: New parent advocates need opportunities to practice advocacy skills. Offer to go to IEP Team meetings with other parents. Offer to be a friendly face at the table. Explain that you are trying to learn. When you attend an IEP meeting for others, you are more objective. You will see the games people play, and that some school …Read more

Advocacy Self-Study Week 4: Link Up With Other Advocates

In our self-study series for new advocates, we’ve posted about what you need to learn and what skills you need to acquire. Last week we posted 10 tips for good advocates. This week – two more tips. Good advocates link up with other advocates and ask questions! The best way to become a good advocate is by exposure. If you wanted to catch the flu, you would hang out with folks who had the flu. …Read more

Learn How to Ask the 5 W’s + H + E Questions

When you attend meetings with school personnel, you will meet staff who will tell you what to do and how to solve your problems (AKA Know-it-Alls). They view themselves as experts and do not realize how they appear to others. They are persistent people who will fight until they prevail. They will get defensive and will fight to prove they are right. How do you deal with Know-it-Alls? What do you do when they withhold …Read more

Self-Study Week 3: Tips for Good Advocates

The law gives parents power to use in educational decisions for their children. Parents should not be afraid to use their power. But, there are better ways to obtain positive results than to roar through IEP meetings in a Mack Truck. Parents are often dealing with personal obstacles – lack of information, isolation, and emotions. What can you do? Do you know?… how to facilitate the IEP process the art of negotiation the interrelationship of …Read more