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 look at negotiation, mediation and advocacy.
Highlights: Preparing for mediation; how to resolve disputes by negotiation, mediation, litigation; FAQs about mediation; learning to negotiate; save $10 on Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy; mediation & the lighter side of special ed; Wrightslaw programs in MO, IL, IN, MI; annual conference of Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates.
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1. We Are Going to Mediation - Do We Need an Attorney? Any Words of Wisdom?
daughter is hearing impaired, oral, and mainstreamed.
we asked that she have an itinerant teacher, the school denied
our request. They
say she has to 'flounder' before they will provide help. If
we stop working with her, she will flounder but we are not willing
to put her through this."
are going to mediation about this issue. We
have letters from professionals who back our case but we don't
have an attorney to accompany us. Should
we retain an attorney? What can we do to prepare? Any words
2. How to Resolve Special Education Disputes: Negotiate, Mediate, Litigate
In How to Resolve Special Education Disputes: Negotiation, Mediation, Litigation, Pete and Pam Wright explain why conflict between parents and school officials is normal and why you must learn to negotiate. Although parents want the "best" services for their children, schools are only required to provide "appropriate" services.
Learn about the pros and cons of negotiation, mediation, and litigation.
Read the Negotiation & Mediation issue of The Beacon: The Journal of Special Education Law and Practice published by Harbor House Law Press, Inc.
Subscribe to The Beacon.
3. FAQs about Mediation
4. Learning to Negotiate is Part of the Advocacy Process
to Negotiate is Part of the Advocacy Process, advocate Brice
Palmer describes role of negotiating in advocacy. This article
includes important rules and great tactics and techniques.
5. Sale! Save $10 on Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy
"If I were asked to choose just one book to help me learn advocacy skills, this is it!" - Support for Families of Children with Disabilities Newsletter
"Expect this book to be tabbed and dog-eared . . . an invaluable advocacy tool." Tourette Syndrome Association Newsletter
As a parent, you represent your child's interests. When you negotiate with the school on your child's behalf, you increase the odds that your child will get an appropriate education. You cannot leave this job to others!
Most parents describe the process of negotiating with the school as a frustrating, exhausting ordeal. Some parents throw in the towel. Others persevere and prevail. What do effective parent advocates know? What are the secrets of their success?
Effective advocacy comes from research, planning and preparation. Successful advocates know what is important and what is not worth fighting about.
need knowledge and skills in several areas: organizing the file,
using test scores to monitor progress, learning legal rights and
responsibilities, writing SMART IEPs, and using strategies in
letters and meetings. Wrightslaw:
From Emotions To Advocacy teaches you these skills.
What People Are Saying
clear roadmap to effective advocacy." - DD Quarterly
of the most important how-to manuals ever written for navigating
your way through special education and using the law to get a
good education for your child . . . a goldmine of information!"
- Thom Hartmann, author, ADD: A Different Perception
6. Mediation: The Lighter Side of Special Education
Gilman is an Ohio attorney who represents kids with disabilities
and the parent of a child with a disability. She is also very
Aimee shared her observations about special education mediation.
box of doughnuts will appear which will be offered to district
staff and the mediator only. The
mediator will munch on them during the course of the day. Parents
need to keep a keen eye on those doughnuts. Parents should know
that as the doughnuts disappear . . . "
7. February: Wrightslaw Programs in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan
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 that the program sold out!
March Through the Midwest
Spring 2004: NH, AK, MD, AL
New Hampshire (Boot Camp) - March
The Annual Conference of the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA), a national organization of parents of special education students and their advocates and lawyers, will be held at the Hyatt Regency Embarcadero Center in San Francisco on March 11-14, 2004.
COPAA conference provides unique opportunities for training and
networking with the most experienced and knowledgeable attorneys
and advocates for students and parents on special education issues.
Learn about recent cases, legislative changes, and tricks and
tactics from experienced attorneys, advocates and parents.
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