Special Ed Advocate Newsletter
At Wrightslaw, our goals are to help you gain the information and skills you need navigate the confusing world of special education. In this issue, we focus on reading.
Highlights: Reading at Wrightslaw; information and resources for parents and teachers; tutors, training, & research-based instruction; free pubs about reading; caselaw about reading; 50% discount on Wrightslaw books; exam copies; Children of the Code; put Wrightslaw training on your "to-do" list.
of the Week: "Statistically, more American children
suffer long-term life-harm from the process of learning to read
than from parental abuse, accidents, and all other childhood diseases
and disorders combined. In purely economic terms, reading related
difficulties cost our nation more than the war on terrorism, crime,
and drugs combined." (For source of this quote, go
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1. Message from the Editor
children with disabilities have deficits in reading. These children
need intensive research-based instruction that targets their reading
problems. But most children do not receive research-based reading
instruction and do not learn to read proficiently.
reading, and then the whole education process, becomes so imbued
with and magnified by shame that children develop an aversion
to everything that is education." - Donald
L. Nathanson, M.D., Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Human
Behavior, Jefferson Medical College,
author of Shame and Pride
percent of adults (44 million) cannot read well enough to fill
out an application, read a food label, or read a simple story
to a child. Nearly
100 million adults lack the basic reading and math skills needed
to function in our society. (National
Institute for Literacy)
2. Reading! Information and Resources for Parents and Teachers
We built a new section called Reading at Wrightslaw where you will find reliable information about reading, reading disabilities, research-based reading programs, law and caselaw, certified language therapists, and more.
Does your child have reading problems? You'll want to read Sue Heath's answers to these questions from Doing Your Homework columns:
Does your child have a reading or learning disability? Read these articles in Learning to Read -
Disabilities: Why Do Some Children Have Difficulty Learning to
Read? What Can Be Done About It?
3. Help! Tutors, Training and Research-Based Instruction
Are you looking for a tutor? A psychologist or educational diagnostician? A speech language therapist? A pediatrician? A tutor or academic therapist? An advocate or attorney?
Check the database of service providers from the International Dyslexia Association.
you looking for a
training or certification program? Check the directory
of accredited training courses developed by the Alliance,
a group of organizations that promote standards for quality professional
4. Free Pubs about Reading, Other Topics
obstacle in advocating for a child with a disability is finding
enough time to do research. We spend hours collecting information
so you can spend your time learning, not searching.
Reading First: Helping Your Child Learn to Read - A Parent Guide.
Provides ideas about what to expect from the school's reading
program based on evidence from research (preschool through grade
3); suggests ways parents can reinforce reading instruction at
Reading First: Building Blocks for Teaching Children to Read.
Organized by topic for kindergarten through grade 3 (phonemic
awareness instruction, phonics instruction, vocabulary instruction,
fluency instruction, and text comprehension instruction), lists
findings from the research, suggests how findings can be translated
Research and Reason in Education. Helps teachers become
consumers of educational programs and materials, provides guidance
on how to recognize scientifically based instructional strategies,
how to use the concepts of research in the classroom
5. Caselaw About Reading
you an advocate for children with learning disabilities or reading
Evans v. Rhinebeck Central School District, U. S. District Court, Southern District of New York. Excellent case about tuition reimbursement, procedural and substantive issues, FAPE, dyslexia, objective measurement of progress.
v. Florence County School District IV. Tuition reimbursement
case; focuses on an appropriate program and IEP for Shannon Carter,
a child with dyslexia.
Florence County School District Four v. Shannon Carter, 510 U.S. 7, (1993).If the public school defaults and the child receives an appropriate education in the private placement, parents are entitled to reimbursement for the child's education. This ruling opened the door to children with autism who receive ABA / Lovaas therapy. Links to all decisions, transcript of oral argument in Carter
6. Discounts & Exam Copies
50% Discount on Bulk Purchases of Wrightslaw Books -The Advocacy Challenge Discount is a 50-60% discount on bulk purchases of Wrightslaw books for groups and individuals who purchase boxes of books. If you are a special ed organization, parent group, teach an advocacy class, or engage in a similar venture, check out the Advocacy Challenge Discount.
Exam Copies - Teachers in colleges and universities around the country use Wrightslaw books in education, special education and special education law courses. Learn more
Wrightslaw books are reasonably priced ($29.95) - easy on tight student budgets.
Special Education Law (ISBN
7. Children of the Code Education Project
The source of the quote at the beginning of this newsletter is Children of the Code. (this site has dozens of powerful quotes and statistics about reading)
of the Code: A Social-Education Project and Television
Documentary from PBS aims to reframe
how society thinks about reading and teaching children
to read. The project has three components:
more about Children
of the Code
8. Put Wrightslaw Training on Your To-Do List
Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy 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.
Our 2004 schedule includes programs in:
February 17: Jefferson
9. Subscription & Contact Info