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: Evaluations; how to use an evaluator; factors to consider when selecting an evaluator; Wrightslaw books; Scratch n' Dent Sale; preparing psycho-educational reports; mistakes people make - independent evaluators & advocates; top 5 articles in May; Wrightslaw programs in FL, WA, CA; help from Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities.
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1. Message from the Editor
Before parents and educators can make decisions about a child's special education program, they need accurate diagnostic information about the child's disability, strengths, weaknesses, and educational needs.
Parents, get a comprehensive evaluation of your child by an independent evaluator in the private sector - this evaluation will give you a roadmap for the future. In addition to information about your child's needs, the evaluation should include a plan to address your child's problems.
evaluator who is independent of the school district and who is willing
to work with the school staff.
2. Using an Expert as an Effective Resource by Jennifer Bollero, Esq.
In Using an Expert as an Effective Resource, attorney-author Jennifer Bollero explains why parents should rely on advice from trained professionals to make informed decisions about educational interventions. You will learn why medical experts should advise parents to seek the best medical and therapeutic treatments - and why a request for the "best" education from the school is fatal.
Read Using an Expert as an Effective Resource
Learn about evaluations, assessments, tests.
3. Factors to Consider When Selecting an Evaluator by Rosemary Palmer, Esq.
In Factors to Consider When Selecting an Evaluator, attorney Rosemary Palmer describes the comprehensive evaluation, advantages of multi-disciplinary evaluation teams, and the roles of members on the team. She explains why schools and private sector providers need a system to document services.
What do these
current test scores reveal about your child's strengths, weaknesses, educational
needs, and progress? What remediation does your child need? Does your
child need accommodations? Modifications?
4. Wrightslaw Books - Great Value. . . and Easy on Tight Budgets
Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy - The Special Education Survival Guide - $19.95 - $10 Off
Scratch-n-Dent Sale: Special Ed Law, From Emotions to Advocacy and No Child Left Behind - $9.95 each - Limited quantities available. Order Now
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.
5. Preparation of the Psycho-Educational Report by Dr. Margaret Kay, Psychologist
Psychologists who testify at due process
hearings are in a unique position to provide hearing officers with information
about appropriate programs and placements. In Preparation
of the Psycho-educational Report, psychologist
Margaret Kay describes best-practice
guidelines for writing psycho-educational evaluation reports.
Kay's article was originally published in The
Beacon: The Journal of Special Education Law and Practice (Winter
6. Mistakes People Make: Independent Evaluators & Advocates by Bob Crabtree, Esq.
People Make: Independent Evaluators
non-lawyer advocate plays an extremely important role in the special education
process, advocates must be mindful of the power of their role and the
trust parents place in them. The more serious mistakes advocates may make
are generally ones of excess . . . read Mistakes
7. Top 5 Articles on Wrightslaw: May 2004
#1. 4 Great Things About Reading in NCLB. Regardless of their "category" or label, most kids with special educational needs have deficits in reading. No Child Left Behind includes four legal definitions of reading that attorneys, advocates, educational consultants, and parents are using to get effective reading programs.
Behavioral Assessments: What? Why? When? Where? Who? Dr. Stephen Starin
describes problem behaviors, functional behavior assessments, environmental
manipulation, and qualifications and training of evaluators.
8. Summer Wrightslaw Programs: FL, WA, CA
Knowledge is power. When you have information and skills, you will be a more effective advocate for your child. Our role is to help you gain knowledge so you can negotiate with the school on your child's behalf.
Orlando, FL - Family Cafe - May 28-30, 2004 (2 sessions and Keynote)
Sacramento CA Boot Camp - 1st Boot Camp on West Coast! - July 17-18, 2004
Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Training Programs focus on four areas: special education law; using the bell curve to measure progress & regression; SMART IEPs; and tactics & strategies for effective advocacy.
Please join us for a Wrightslaw Training Program. If you are interested in bringing Pete and Pam Wright to your community, please read our FAQs about Seminars. (We are scheduling programs for 2005-2006.)
9. Need Help? Visit the Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities
If you are looking for help - or a helper
- visit the Yellow Pages
for Kids with Disabilities. Your state Yellow
Pages has many resources - evaluators, speech language therapists,
tutors, special ed schools, advocates, attorneys, organizations, and
to Find a Support or Study Group
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