Special Ed Advocate Newsletter
This issue of The Special Ed Advocate is the first in a series about IEPs. When you master this information, you will be prepared for the next IEP meeting!
Highlights: What is your IEP IQ? - take our quiz and find out; frequently asked questions about IEPs; practical and legal guidance about your child's IEP; support for school personnel and parent training in the IEP; IEP caselaw; Lighter Side of Special Ed; schedule for May 2003.
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1. What is Your IEP IQ?
To be an effective advocate for a child with special educational needs, you need to know the law. You also need to know how to use the law without starting battles that no one wins.
Most parents and teachers get information about the law from training sessions, articles, advice on listservs, and informal discussions with others. Your knowledge can rise no higher than your source!
2. IEP FAQs
you are new to the world of special ed parent, this article will
answer many of your questions. If you are a seasoned veteran,
we think you will learn something new in Frequently
Asked Questions About IEPs at http://www.wrightslaw.com/info/iep.faqs.htm
3. Your Child's IEP: Practical & Legal Guidance for Parents
Child's IEP is one of the top articles on Wrightslaw. This comprehensive
article describes IEPs and the IEP process, including:
Your Child's IEP: Practical and Legal Guidance for Parents is the second most popular article on Wrightslaw:
4. Support for School Personnel & Parent Training in the IEP by Susan Bardet, Esq.
"It's time for your son's annual IEP review, and you can't understand why Ryan is still receiving failing grades . . . You start to panic. What can you do?"
IDEA provides tools that IEP teams can use to help all children
learn and succeed in school. In many cases, the IEP can (and should)
include support for school personnel and training for parents.
5. IEP Caselaw
T. H. v. Bd. Ed. Palatine IL (N. D. IL 1999)
This powerful, well-written decision discusses methodology; IEP goals and objectives; individualization; educational benefit; unilateral placement by parents; reimbursement. (pdf)
Michael v. Kanawaha (S.D. WVA 2000)
v. Michael M., the Court analyzes "appropriate" in the
context of Rowley,
benefit, and provides guidelines about whether an IEP is appropriate.
For more cases about IEPs, go to the IEP Page and scroll down to the Caselaw section:
6. The Lighter Side of Special Ed: My Law Practice by Aimee Gilman, Esq.
Gilman is an Ohio attorney who represents kids with disabilities
and the parent of a child with a disability. She is also very
"Your school district, in an ongoing effort to remind you of the incredibly small role moms and dads play in this process, will start by sending you an "Invitation" to attend your child's IEP meeting."
If you chuckled when you read The IEP, you will enjoy Aimee's description of My Law Practice http://www.fetaweb.com/humor/gilman.my.practice.htm
7. Wrightslaw: Advocacy Training: May 2003
Boot Camp, special ed was occupying every worry cell in my brain.
Now that I have a road map, I worry less and accomplish more."
- Carolyn from Oklahoma
Knowledge is power. When you have information and skills, you will be a more effective advocate for your child. Our role is to help you gain knowledge so you can negotiate with the school on your child's behalf.
have never learned so much useful information at a workshop -
thank you for having a heart for kids and the head for the Law."
- Susan from Texas
and a one-day advocacy training program in Roanoke, Virginia.
Wrightslaw seminars and training programs focus on four areas: special education laws, rights & responsibilities; how to use the bell curve to measure progress & regression; SMART IEPs; and how to use tactics & strategies for effective advocacy.
attended your OKC Boot Camp with two coworkers. We learned SO
MUCH in those two days! Your books could not be more helpful to
anyone who works with special education students." -
Christie from Kansas
We are now booking programs for 2004. To learn how you can bring Pete & Pam Wright to your community, please read our FAQs about Seminars.
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