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and Nancy's son Joe has dyslexia and dysgraphia. Although Joe "received
services" in the district's "One-Size-Fits-All Reading Program"
for years, he didn't learn to read.
withdrew him from the public school program and placed him The Kildonan
School, a private special education school in New York.
Use Story-Telling to Persuade
Cam and Nancy use story-telling to persuade, they will focus on their
interests, not their position. They will tell Joe's story to make
can Joe's parents make their case to the decision-makers?
Writing a "Letter to the Stranger"
this letter, you meet Joe. You learn how his problems unfolded. You feel
his parents' anxiety and fear as they watch Joe's personality change.
you write a Letter to the Stranger, use facts to tell your story
and offer support for your solution. Do not blame, criticize or find fault.
Your goal is to create a desire to help from the decision-making Stranger.
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Due Process Complaint Letter. After the school district refused to provide a Section 504 plan for Josh, an independent evaluator advised an IEP and accommodations for learning disabilities in written expression, reading fluency, and slow processing speed.The school district said "No." This due process complaint letter was modeled after the "Letter to the Stranger" and gives a play by play of Josh's story. Learn the outcome in Josh's success story.
Original "Letter to the Stranger" by Janie Bowman and Peter Wright, posted on the CompuServe ADD Forum in 1994. This article is part of a Smithsonian Exhibit about online culture and communities.
James Brody. Read the letter that James Brody's parents wrote to request a due process hearing. Do you see how the parents told the story of James' education? Pay attention to the use of test scores in the letter. What is your reaction to this letter? After you read the letter, read the decision in James' case.