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.
Special education due process hearings; how to resolve disputes - mediation,
negotiation, litigation; how to prepare for a special ed due process hearing;
how to put on a special education case; prepub offer on Surviving Due
Process: Stephen Jeffers v. School Board ends 9/28; do parents of
disabled children have rights in the workplace?; find help in the Yellow
Pages for Kids with Disabilities; Wrightslaw programs in CT, VA, OK.
1. Special Education Due Process Hearings
with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) includes rules of procedure for
resolving disputes between parents and schools. These rules include mediation,
due process hearings,
and appeals to state or federal court. (Wrightslaw:
Special Education Law, page 71)
request a due process hearing, you should be familiar with the federal
statute and regulations and your state special education statute and
regulations. You should also read the Rules of Adverse Assumptions.
(Chapter 21, Wrightslaw:
From Emotions to Advocacy)
2. How to Resolve Special Education Disputes: Negotiate, Mediate or Litigate
to Resolve Special Education Disputes: Negotiate, Mediate or Litigate,
Pete and Pam Wright discuss reasons for conflict between parents and schools.
They describe how to use negotiation, mediation and litigation to resolve
disputes - and the pros and cons of each strategy.
3. How to Prepare for a Due Process Hearing
"If you do not plan and organize the pursuit, you are likely to wind up as road kill."
In How to Prepare for a Special Education Due Process Hearing, Vermont advocate Brice Palmer offers advice about how to prepare for a due process hearing or review. He lists steps to take and focuses on the need to plan and organize:
you may not think you have advocacy skills, you probably do. A well-planned
presentation, a calm attitude, a predetermined goal, and control over
any anger you harbor will achieve more for your child than anything else."
4. How to Put on a Special Education Case by Sonja Kerr, Esq.
In How to Put on a Special Education Case, parent attorney Sonja Kerr offers good advice to the attorney who is preparing for a due process hearing. Learn why you should not fly solo. Remember whose job it is to educate. This article includes tips about building the "perfect case." Read article.
5. Stephen Jeffers v. School Board DVD - Special Pre-pub Offer Ends Sept 28
Surviving Due Process: When Parents and the School Board Disagree - Stephen Jeffers v. School Board DVD takes you through a special education due process hearing, from initial preparations to testimony by the final witness.
As you watch Surviving Due Process, pay attention to your reactions to the witnesses. What impression did each witness make on you? Who did you trust most? Least? Why?
Three witnesses testified for the School Board - which witness gave the most persuasive testimony? Three witnesses and Stephen's mother testified for the parents - which witness was most persuasive? Least persuasive? Why?
Did you have different ideas or feelings about special education due process hearings after you viewed Surviving Due Process? How did your perspective change?
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Prepublication Offer - Free Shipping on ALL Wrightslaw Products - (Ends 9/28)
6. Question: Do Parents Have Any Rights in the Workplace?
Barbara writes, "Do parents of disabled children have any rights in the workplace? I have a child with William's Syndrome, another with Type I diabetes. My shift has been changed - this is wreaking havoc on them."
Law Protections for Parents of Disabled and Ill Children by attorney
Loring Spolter. The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provides important
job protections to parents who take time off from work to be with children
receiving medical and psychiatric care or are recuperating from serious
health concerns. Read
7. Find Help in the Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities
most common question we receive at Wrightslaw is "I need to find
a . . . psychologist OR educational consultant OR tutor OR advocate OR
Please help me!"
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 support groups.
to Find a Support or Study Group
8. Put Wrightslaw Special Ed Law & Advocacy Training on Your To-Do List
Wrightslaw Special Education Law Seminar in Michigan was a tremendously
rewarding experience and will forever change our practice."
- Bryan I. Eder, Esq., Chudnof
& Eder, PLC
Mid-Atlantic: Virginia Beach, VA (November 12-13)
procrastinate - register now! These programs are often "sold
out" ahead of time.
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