Special Ed Advocate Newsletter
At Wrightslaw, our goals are to help you gain the information and skills you need navigate the challenging, changing world of special education.
Who is eligible for protections under Section 504; child with brain tumor
dismissed from team - parent requests advice about filing a complaint;
FAQs about filing an OCR complaint; is it legal to send special ed kids
home early; Wrightslaw is coming to OH, NY, IN, MO & AZ; autism -
the hidden epidemic; free pub about special education for children with
autism; annual conference of the Council of Parent Attorneys & Advocates.
1. Who is Eligible for Protections Under Section 504 - But Not Under IDEA?
is protected under Section 504? A student with AIDS? A student with ADD?
A student with asthma?"
2. My Child with Health Problems Dismissed from the Team - How Can I File a Complaint?
child has chronic health problems. He wants to attend school but is sometimes absent
for medical treatments. He was dismissed as manager of
a sports team. He is devastated. I am angry. How should I handle this? I want to file a complaint."
Child with a Brain Tumor was Dismissed from the Team - How Can I File
a Complaint? Sue Heath offers a plan to deal with the immediate crisis
-- and a creative strategy that parents can use to get appropriate 504
Plans -- and ensure that the school actually implements the plan.
3. Questions & Answers About Filing a Complaint with OCR
If you decide to file a complaint, you need to learn the rules - and how you can increase the likelihood that your complaint will have a positive outcome.
In Questions & Answers About Filing an OCR Complaint, you'll learn the nuts & bolts of OCR complaints - how to file, where to file, when to file, what to expect, how OCR handles complaints, and more.
4. Is it Legal to Send Special Ed Kids Home Early?
"In my district, special ed kids are sent home from school early - 30 minutes to an hour earlier than 'regular ed' students. When I asked about this, I was told, 'All special ed students are released early. That's the rule.' Is this legal?"
parents and teachers continue to send questions about schools that have
one set of rules for "special ed kids" and a different set of
rules for everyone else.
5. Coming Soon! Wrightslaw Programs in Ohio, New York, Indiana, Missouri, Arizona
Special Education Law and Advocacy Training Programs focus on four
areas: special education laws, rights & responsibilities; how to use
the bell curve to measure educational progress & regression; SMART
IEPs; and advocacy tactics & strategies.
Island, NY: March 4-5, 2005 (Mini Boot Camp)
participants will receive two books, Wrightslaw:
Special Education Law and Wrightslaw:
From Emotions to Advocacy, (Value: $59.90), and the new publication,
with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004: Overview, Explanation
and Comparison of IDEA 2004 & IDEA 97 by Peter Wright.
6. Autism: The Hidden Epidemic?
Fact: According to a recent report from Government Accountability
Office, the number of children diagnosed with autism skyrocketed more
than 500 percent in the past ten years. (Special
Education: Children with Autism published by the Government Accountability
Tuesday, February 22, CNBC will air a four-part series, Autism:
Paying the Price. This series focuses on the financial implications
of autism and includes segments on:
the financial impact on families
info about Autism: The Hidden Epidemic & Autism: Paying the Price.
7. Free Pub: Special Education for Children with Autism
In January 2005, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) published Special Education: Children with Autism. The publication answers four questions submitted by Congress about special education for children with autism.
Learn about their findings and recommendations - and how you can get a free copy of this free publication - in GAO Publishes Special Education: Children with Autism.
More Free Pubs
One obstacle in advocating for a child with a disability is finding the time to do research. We spend hours collecting information so you can spend your time learning, not searching.
Visit our Free Pubs page to download free publications about IEPs, special education, autism, transition planning, reading, children's mental health, harassment, high-stakes testing, retention and social promotion, zero tolerance, discipline, and more.
8. Annual Conference of The Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates in Atlanta (March 10-13, 2005)
The Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA), a national organization of parents of children with disabilities and their advocates and lawyers, will hold their annual conference in Atlanta on March 10-13, 2005.
The conference provides unique opportunities for training and networking with experienced, knowledgeable attorneys and advocates on special education issues. Participants will learn about recent cases, legislative changes, and tactics.
and Friday, March 10-11, there will be four
intensive hands-on skills trainings:
Fees vary, depending on days attended and membership status. Tell them
Pete & Pam sent you!
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