Don’t Miss Out! Wrightslaw Training Coming to Bradenton, FL on November 7, 2015!

Join sponsors, Family Network on Disabilities of ManateeSarasota, Inc. and speaker, Pete Wright, Esq. for this one-day Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Training on Saturday, November 7, 2015. The conference will take place at Woodland Community Church, located at 9607 State Road, 70 East in Bradenton, FL. Registration includes light breakfast, boxed lunch, a Wrightslaw highlighter pen and four Wrightslaw books which retail for $77.80. Register online. Download the flyer/registration form. Download and share the Save-the-Date flyer. See you in Bradenton, FL!

Yes or No? IEP Meetings Can Only Be 1 Hour Long

I’ve been a special ed teacher for 25 years.  I have questions about two things my Supervisor told me this year. 1. An IEP meeting cannot last more than one hour.  If the time runs over, I must stop the meeting and reschedule another one. 2.  No times were completed on the IEP, but I must sign it anyway. You’ve been a sped teacher for 23 years so you’ve probably heard or been told things that you later learned were not accurate. I’m glad you decided to check this out. When you say the “times on the IEP were not …Read more

Reminder – Wrightslaw Training Coming to El Paso, TX!

Wayne Steedman, Esq., will present this one-day Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Training on September 24, 2015. The Federal Bar Association, El Paso Chapter sponsors the training. The conference will take place at the Albert Armendariz, Sr. U.S. Courthouse in El Paso. TX. Registration includes a morning snack and refreshments, boxed lunch, a Wrightslaw highlighter pen and two Wrightslaw books which retail for $49.90, Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition, and Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd Edition. Click here to Register Online! Download and share the training flyer! Click here to see all of the wonderful things that …Read more

Wrightslaw Training Coming to El Paso, TX!

Wayne Steedman, Esq., will present this one-day Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Training on September 24, 2015. The Federal Bar Association, El Paso Chapter sponsors the training. The conference will take place at the Albert Armendariz, Sr. U.S. Courthouse in El Paso. TX. Registration includes a morning snack and refreshments, boxed lunch, a Wrightslaw highlighter pen and two Wrightslaw books which retail for $49.90, Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition, and Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd Edition. Click here to Register Online! Download and share the training flyer! Click here to see all of the wonderful things that …Read more

Sale Ends Wednesday, July 29, 2015! Wrightslaw Summer Sale!

Don’t Put It Off! Order today and receive 25% Off and FREE Shipping on orders $35.00 and over! Includes all Wrightslaw Books, E-Books, Training Downloads, Advocacy Supplies and DVD. Order Now! Use Coupon Code 20150716 when ordering to receive your discount! Sale ends July 28, 2015! Need a large amount of books? Everyday save up 50% when ordering in bulk. Call 877-529-4332 to receive a quote today! Thank you for using Wrightslaw Materials!

Wrightslaw Training Coming to Bradenton, FL on November 7, 2015!

Join sponsors, Family Network on Disabilities of Manatee\Sarasota, Inc. and speaker, Pete Wright, Esq. for this one-day Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Training on Saturday, November 7, 2015. The conference will take place at Woodland Community Church, located at 9607 State Road, 70 East in Bradenton, FL. Registration includes light breakfast, boxed lunch, a Wrightslaw highlighter pen and four Wrightslaw books which retail for $77.80. Register online. Download the flyer/registration form. Download and share the Save-the-Date flyer. See you in Bradenton, FL!

Discontinuing Services? Not So Fast!!

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 FAST! The school cannot unilaterally discontinue your daughter’s special education services unless you go along. You need to be an effective advocate for your daughter. Learn the legal requirements for eligibility. Make sure you understand how eligibility decisions are made. Comprehensive Evaluation Before the school …Read more

The School is Taking Away My Son’s Para

My 4th grade son has a one-one para. He has autism, is easily distracted, and has a hard time staying on task. The school said since he has no severe behaviors, they will take away his para. The principal said my son didn’t need a “crisis management” para. Can the school just delete this from his IEP? Documentation and Data! You are an essential part of the IEP team that reviews and revises your son’s IEP. The IEP Team, not just the principal, develops the IEP based on your child’s unique needs. Be prepared when you have your IEP meeting. …Read more

Why Did the Teacher Give Us the SAME IEP as Last Year?

My son’s special ed teacher decided to give us the same IEP from last year? Is this legal? She didn’t even make out a new one! You are not alone.  We receive email every day with questions like yours. The goals in my child’s IEP never change from one year to the next. “Evan will improve his reading skills” is in every IEP since he entered special ed four years ago. Get out your Special Education Law book and get up to speed on your rights and your child’s rights. Remember that: IEPs must be reviewed annually IEP goals should …Read more

Sleep Disorders, Truancy and Student Needs: A Complicated Mix

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 if your state has exceptions. Are the sleep issues a recent problem? What do the parents say? Is the child’s doctor aware of the frequent  absences and the impact they are having on his education?