Special Ed Advocate Newsletter
is a great time for needed vacations. Summer is also the time to
fine-tune your advocacy skills and prepare for the whirlwind of
activities when school starts in the fall.
Senators listen to parents & advocates about IDEA; advocating
for your child; assertiveness and effective advocacy; learning the
"rules of the game," Pete and Pam are coming to KS, PA,
VA, NC, MS, NY; managing your newsletter subscription.
1. Senators Listen to Parents, Advocates About IDEA
On June 25, 2003, the Senate HELP committee approved S. 1248, the Senate version of the bill to reauthorize the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
Senate bill is very different from H.R.
1350 passed by the House of Representatives a few weeks ago.
The Senate listened to concerns expressed by parents and advocates
in crafting this bill and made several important changes to it.
learn about the Senate bill and what happens next, please read Senators
Listen to Parents, Advocates at: http://www.wrightslaw.com/news/2003/idea.senate.0702.htm
For more IDEA news, resources, alerts, please visit the IDEA Reauthorization Page:
2. Advocating for Your Child - Getting Started
Good special education services are individualized, intensive and expensive. Resources are limited. Schools often balk at providing intensive services. What can you do?
you have a child with special needs, you may wind up battling the
school district for the services your child needs. To prevail, you
need information, skills, and tools. Read Advocating
for Your Child - Getting Started at:
3. Assertiveness and Effective Parent Advocacy
In this short article, advocate Marie Sherrett describes joys and challenges of parent advocacy. To be a good advocates, you need to be aware of your interpersonal style. Which category do you fall into?
* Pacifists or those who gets things done;
* Clinging vines or parent advocates;
* Silent victims or fighters;
* Dreamers or crusaders;
* Waiters or initiators;
* Bombshells or assertive parents;
* Appeasing compromisers or action heroes.
Read Assertiveness and Effective Parent Advocacy at:
4. Learning the "Rules of the Game"
When you learn the rules of the game, you will be a more effective advocate and negotiator for your child. Learn about gatekeepers, special education teams, and one-size-fits-all (OSFA) programs. This article by Indiana advocate Pat Howey will get you on track - http://www.fetaweb.com/02/rules.howey.htm
Learn About the School
The mission of public schools is to provide students with a standardized education. Standardized educational programs are not individualized, nor are they designed to meet the unique needs of the child with a disability. Read Learning About the School at -http://www.fetaweb.com/02/about.schools.htm
5. Fall Schedule: KS, PA, NC, VA, MS, NY
Pete and Pam Wright are scheduled to do advocacy training seminars and programs in Wichita, Pittsburgh, Annandale, Charlotte, Jackson, and Syracuse, NY this Fall. The programs in Wichita and Jackson are 2-day boot camps.
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 tactics & strategies for effective advocacy.
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
20: Pittsburgh PA
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