Special Ed Advocate Newsletter
At Wrightslaw, our goals are to help you gain the information and skills you need to navigate the confusing world of special education - and resolve problems.
Highlights: What to do if you think your child's rights have been violated; how to handle a parent-school crisis; how to prevent burnout; new issue of The Beacon coming soon; how to avoid a big mistake most parents make; how to get help from a consultant, evaluator, advocate; free shipping on Wrightslaw books; special education law program in DC; attend a Wrightslaw Advocacy Training Program.
of the Week:
"It's not whether you get knocked down, it's whether you get
up." - Vince Lombardi, football coach
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1. Help! My Child's Rights Are Being Violated - What Can I Do?
"I am fighting a losing battle with the special educators about providing my son with the services he is entitled to. After many confrontations, they placed him in a self-contained class for emotionally disturbed children for one hour a day."
"The teacher disagrees that
he needs these services. His IEP has not been reviewed, nor have
I received any reports about his success or efforts. I have been
told that my son's rights are being violated. I am extremely frustrated.
What should I do?"
2. Emergency! Crisis! Help!
If you have been tempted to send
an email to Wrightslaw that begins "HELP," you are not
alone! Many people send very specific questions by email and ask
We wrote Emergency! Crisis! Help! for parents who are in crisis -- and for parents who want to avoid a crisis. It's important for parents to realize that they often damage their child's case by reacting emotionally, acting impulsively, or believing they must DO SOMETHING RIGHT NOW!
3. Preventing Burnout in People Who Help Us - and Ourselves
worry that the people in the system who are helping me and our kids
will get burned out and quit - which is the last thing we want to
Learn about letter-writing at:
4. Coming Soon! New Issue Of The Beacon
Beacon: The Journal of Special Education Law and Practice
is a multi-disciplinary electronic journal of special education
law and practice published by Harbor
House Law Press.
The Beacon publishes articles and essays for attorneys, advocates and others who are interested in special education law and practice. Each issue focuses on a theme and includes practical and theoretical articles.
The theme of next issue of The Beacon is "Reexamining Rowley, Educational Benefit & FAPE" Previous issues dealt with mediation and negotiation, documents, and expert witnesses. You can read these issues in the Beacon Archives. http://www.harborhouselaw.com/archives.htm
5. One of the Biggest Mistakes Parents Make Is . . .
"How can I get the school to
provide my child with . . . "
6. Free Shipping - Save $$
Our publisher is offering FREE SHIPPING on all books - you save at least $4.95 per order.
7. Special Education Law and Advocacy, Washington, DC (October 11, 2003)
What: The Virginia Legal Advocacy Center will present "Special Education Law and Advocacy" on Saturday, October 11, 2003 from 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Where: American University-Washington College of Law, 4801 Massachusetts Avenue, Room 402, Washington, D.C. 20016
Who: Presenters include Peter W.D. Wright, Esq., Darrel Tillar Mason, Esq., Malcolm Higgins, Esq., Mary Kathryn Hart, Esq.
CLEs: 6.5 CLE credits, including 1.5 ethics credits; 3 Guardian ad litem credits
More Info: For more information and links to the agenda and registration form, please go to: http://www.virginialac.org/content/training_oct2003.html
Please call Lori Battin at 804 967-2556 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
8. Put Wrightslaw Advocacy Training on Your To-Do List
Wrightslaw 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.
9. Subscription & Contact Info
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