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1. How to Request a One-to-One Aide for Your Child by Wayne Steedman, Esq.
When parents request "one-to-one aides" for their children with disabilities, they are often frustrated by the school district's response. Even when the district agrees to their request, parents may be dissatisfied with the results.
need to know what they want for their child, how to get it, and
the outcomes they expect.
No Child Left Behind includes new requirements about the education,
training and duties of paraprofessionals. At the end of this article
is an overview of these requirements from our new book, Wrightslaw:
No Child Left Behind.
2. Lesson: Related Services
services is the term for those services a disabled child needs
in order to benefit from special education. Related services include
speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and rehabilitation
Special Education Law, page 29) Compare this term
to "supplementary aids and services" (Wrightslaw:
Special Education Law, pages 30-31).
3. Wrightslaw: No Child Left Behind - Now Shipping!
On December 2, Harbor House Law Press shipped out pre-publication orders of our new book, Wrightslaw: No Child Left Behind. If you placed an order for the new book between November 4 and today, you should receive your book or books within a few days.
If you forgot to order or decided
to wait until the NCLB book was available, you can order now.
Orders placed by 3 pm are usually shipped the same day. Place
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4. IDEA Reauthorization Update: December 2003
We have received several emails from subscribers who asked about the status of IDEA reauthorization. Good question! Read IDEA Update: December 2003.
5. Due Process Hearings: The Lighter Side of Special Education by Aimee Gilman
"A good education is the next best thing to a pushy mother." - Charles Schulz, cartoonist
"I love filing requests for hearing because they invariably produce the same response every time - that is, the district is befuddled."
"'We are befuddled,'is the constant rejoinder of the district's attorney when he contacts me."
"'Just because this child is 15 and reads at a 1st grade level and has never received any tutoring of any kind, we are befuddled and yes, hurt. What has happened to the trust we have worked so hard to forge?'"If you have a sense of humor, you will want to read Due Process Hearings: The Lighter Side of Special Education by attorney-humorist Aimee Gilman. (If you are humor-challenged, we suggest that you move on.)
More Lighter Side of Special Education articles by Aimee Gilman:
About Parents & Kids
6. Advocacy Training in Oklahoma - Free to OK Parents & Caregivers!
"What a marvelous conference! I often leave sped presentations angry and/or guilty because of all the things that have been done or not done. This time I left encouraged, inspired and armed!"
Wrightslaw program will be held at the University of Central Oklahoma
in Edmond, Oklahoma on Saturday, December 6, 2003. For more information,
please visit the Oklahoma
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