Special Ed Advocate Newsletter
At Wrightslaw, our goals are to help you gain the information and skills you need navigate the perplexing world of special education.
Highlights: Brent Staples, an advocate for children; help for children with reading problems; new Reading Library; save $10 on Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy; future of NCLB; saving children & education reform; Wrightslaw programs in NH, AK, MD; help from Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities.
of the Week:
"No other skill taught in school and learned by school children
is more important than reading. It is the gateway to all other knowledge.
Teaching students to read by the end of third grade is the single
most important task assigned to elementary schools." - American
Federation of Teachers
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1. Brent Staples: An Advocate for Children
Staples, a member of the New
York Times Editorial Board, is an advocate for children.
Mr. Staples has written extensively about reading, reading research,
learning disabilities, and special education.
"During the 1980's she finished ninth grade failing virtually every subject, and was nearly illiterate. The schools told Emory and Elaine Carter that their daughter was terminally lazy and would 'never see a day of college.' In truth, Shannon was suffering from a common but undiagnosed learning disability that made it difficult for her to comprehend the little that she could read." Read article
Children for Whom Reading and Learning Are Difficult, Mr.
Staples asked, "Why is Pete Wright a warrior for children?"
He concluded, "People who get help after suffering humiliation
in school often grow up to be champions of children who remind
them of their younger selves. This is what happened to Mr. Wright."
In recognition of his articles on reading and literacy, the New York Branch of the International Dyslexia Association presented Mr. Staples with an award. We took a train to NYC for the event. We join the IDA in honoring Brent Staples, an advocate for children.
2. Help for Children with Reading Problems
children with disabilities have deficits in reading. They need
intensive research-based instruction that targets their reading
problems. But many children do not receive research-based reading
instruction and never learn to read proficiently.
More Doing Your Homework columns.
3. New! Reading Library at Wrightslaw
The new Reading Library at Wrightslaw includes information about reading, reading disabilities, research-based reading programs, law and caselaw, certified language therapists, and more.
Parents: Does your child have a reading or learning disability? Read the articles in Learning to Read -
Children Succeed or Fail at Reading, Research from National
Institute of Child Health and Human Development Program in Learning
Teachers: Check the articles in Teaching
Children to Read -
4. Save $10 on Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy - "An Invaluable Advocacy Tool"
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
Discounts & Exam Copies
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Special Education Law (ISBN
I attended your conference in Indianapolis. It was great! I came back excited about what I learned. When I tried to discuss research based instruction with the director of our special ed. facility, he was not interested. He said President Bush won't be reelected and No Child Left Behind will be thrown out immediately.
Do you think No Child Left Behind will be thrown out? Or
is Congressional support strong enough that it will survive?
6. Saving Children, Education Reform
Education Reform, the New York Times offers support
for NCLB and characterizes attempts to gut the law as "morally
7. Coming Soon! Wrightslaw Programs in New Hampshire, Alaska & Maryland
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.
Manchester, New Hampshire (Boot Camp) - March 26-27, 2004
Juneau, Alaska (Boot Camp) - April 8-9, 2004
Anchorage, Alaska (Boot Camp)- April 13-14, 2004
Annapolis, Maryland (Boot Camp) - April 30-May 1, 2004
Wrightslaw programs are usually "sold out" so if you plan to attend, don't procrastinate - register today!
8. 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
you looking for a research-based
reading program? Review the list
of providers who use structured, multisensory,
alphabetic techniques. Check the database
of service providers from the International
9. Subscription & Contact Info