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.
Highlights: What is your IEP IQ?; IDEA reauthorization - advocates speak out, organize, demonstrate; IEP meetings - play hearts, not poker; how to use a parent IEP attachment; IEP info and resources; Wrightslaw programs sell out; get help from the Yellow Pages for Kids; discounts on Wrightslaw books; exam copies.
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1. What is Your IEP IQ? Take the IEP Quiz to Find Out!
To be an effective advocate for your child, you need to learn the law. You also need to learn how to use the law without starting no-win battles.
Few parents or educators learn about legal rights and responsibilities by reading statutes, regulations and cases. Most people get information from training sessions, articles, listserv advice, and informal discussions with others. Parents get advice from educators and other parents - and this advice is often wrong!
Your knowledge can rise no higher than your source.
must read the law. The only way to fully understand
your legal rights and responsibilities is by reading and rereading
2. IDEA Reauthorization: Advocacy Groups Speak Out, Organize, Demonstrate
3. 8 Steps to Better IEP Meetings: Play Hearts, Not Poker by Jennifer Bollero, Esq.
Hearts, Not Poker, Jennifer Bollero, an attorney and mother
of a child with autism, advises that if you learn "the rules"
and strategies, you reduce the risks when you negotiate for your
4. Tip: How to Use a Parent IEP Attachment
at IEP meetings? Are your questions are not answered?
5. IEP Info & Resources
If you are like most people who visit Wrightslaw, you have questions about IEPs. We built the IEP Page with articles, law and regulations, tactics and strategies, tips, recommended reading, and free publications to answer your questions.
Learn about IEPs
writes, "Your Florida Boot Camp was 'sold out.' I was on
a waiting list with at least 100 others and could not attend.
I will always regret this. Will the program take place
again in the future? If so, when?"
December, we did a one-day Advocacy Training Program in Oklahoma
- sold out!
The Wrightslaw programs scheduled for this winter and spring are filling up fast. If you plan to attend, please register soon. If you wait, you may find yourself in Deb's shoes - feeling regret.
Tour in February
New Hampshire (Boot Camp) - March 26-27, 2004
7. Need Help? Visit the Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities
you looking for a tutor or therapist? A psychologist or educational
diagnostician? A speech language therapist? An advocate or attorney?
you looking for a research-based
reading program? Review the list
of providers who use structured, multisensory, alphabetic
8. Discounts & Exam Copies
50% Discount on Bulk Purchases of Wrightslaw Books -The Advocacy Challenge Discount is a 50 discount on bulk purchases of Wrightslaw books.
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.
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