Tuesday, April 29, 2003, is National Call-In Day to protect IDEA.
Please contact your Representative today. Explain that you oppose
changes to the IDEA that are included in H.R. 1350.
"Vote NO on H.R. 1350. It's a bad IDEA. It will hurt our children."
Ask your friends, family members, neighbors, and coworkers to contact their Representatives today, April 29, with the same message:
"Vote NO on H.R. 1350. It's a bad IDEA. It will hurt children with disabilities."
Our kids rely on us to speak up on their behalf. We cannot let them down.
Join Pete and Pam and 43,367 Special Ed Advocate subscribers - call and write your Representative today!
1. Call. Call your Representative's office in Washington. Or call the local office (get phone numbers) and ask them to transfer you to Washington.
When you call, all you have to say is "My name is Pam Wright. I live at 257 Pocahantas Avenue, Deltaville, Virginia. I am calling to urge Representative Davis to oppose HR 1350. HR 1350 is a bad idea and will hurt children with disabilities."
If you want to say more, ask to speak to your Representative's staffer who deals with IDEA issues. The person who answers the phone will simply record that you oppose the bill.
2. Write. Follow-up your phone call with a short letter.
Personalize your letter. Mention that you are the parent of a child with a disability (or a grandparent, family member, neighbor, teacher, advocate). Give an example from your experience about how the current law is working and that proposed changes will hurt your child.
Explain why this bill will turn back the clock, harm children, or lead to increased costs to society if children with disabilities don't get the education they need to "prepare them for employment and independent living" (§1400(d) Purposes of IDEA statute)
or email your letter to your Representative.
and writing a short letter will only take a few minutes of your time.
Be a hero - speak up for our kids!
If you do not know who your Representative is, put your Zipcode into the box on the front page. Click *INFO* below his/her name for phone and fax numbers.
If you know who your Representative is, you can get get phone numbers from our House of Representatives Directory:
You will also find your Representative's local phone numbers in the Blue Pages of your phone directory under Federal Government.
You can send your letter by email through the Legislative Action Center at the National Center for Learning Disabilities:
When you enter your zip code, you go to a page with your Representative's names. Copy and paste your letter into the text box - very easy!
Parents MUST show Congress that the IDEA is good law. Parents MUST rebut school districts' claims that the system is too difficult and doesn't work for them.
Here are a few of the problems with H.R. 1350:
"optional" 3-year IEPs
If you do not take action, the House of Representatives is likely to pass a bill that will hurt our children. Please help us defeat this bill.
proposed bill weakens IDEA in significant ways that will harm children
with disabilities. The bill introduces "optional" 3-year
IEPs; eliminates IEP objectives and benchmarks; weakens procedural
safeguards and protections for parents and kids; allows schools to
suspend or expel kids who have behavior problems related to their
disabilities for violating school "codes of conduct".
The National Association of Protection and Advocacy Systems (NAPAS) developed an Analysis of Proposed Changes to IDEA as a side-by-side table that compares the current IDEA with the proposed bill. We converted the Analysis of Proposed Changes to IDEA into a pdf file for easy printing and distribution.
We encourage you to read the Analysis of Proposed Changes to IDEA - this document will help you identify the strengths and weaknesses of the bill before you share your concerns with your member of Congress.
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