Special Ed Advocate Newsletter
Responding to your requests for help; Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities;
a tale of two advocates- new decision on unauthorized practice of law;
Wrightslaw books - great values & easy on tight budgets; IEP team
members & IEP team attendance; IDEA 2004 resources & pubs; Wrightslaw
programs in IN, MO & AZ. Download
1. Your Requests for Help
"I'm from New York. I need an advocate who can help me get a better program for my child. Can you help?"
need to find a good ABA program in Texas? Can you help?"
your requests for help, we built Yellow
Pages for Kids with Disabilities
for every state and territory.
If you are looking for help, visit the
Yellow Pages for Kids with
Help Others - Distribute Flyers for the Yellow Pages
of parents are looking for help. Reach out and give them a hand. Let them
know about the Yellow Pages
2. Free Listings in the Yellow Pages
Are you a psychologist, educational diagnostician, pediatrician, psychiatrist, or health care provider? Are you an educational consultant, tutor, speech or occupational therapist? Are you an advocate or attorney who represents children? Do you facilitate a support or study group for parents?
If you help
parents get services for their children with disabilities, please submit
an application be listed in the Yellow Pages for Kids. Send an email to
for an application.
3. A Tale of Two Advocates: New Decision on Unauthorized Practice of Law (UPL)
In March 2004, we learned that our friend, Lilliam Rangel-Diaz, was under investigation by the Florida State Bar for the Unauthorized Practice of Law (UPL.
Ms. Rangel-Diaz is an advocate for children with disabilities. She wrote Special Education: Is IDEA Being Implemented as Congress Intended? and has testified before Congress. She testified before the President's Commission on Excellence in Special Education about the reauthorization of IDEA. She was a member of The National Council On Disability (NCD).
The Florida State Bar recently issued a decision in her case. To learn what happened, how other cases have been resolved, and why this case is significant, read A Tale of Two Advocates: Rulings on Unauthorized Practice of Law.
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4. Wrightslaw Books - Great Value. . . and Easy on Tight Budgets
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. IDEA 2004: IEP Teams & IEP Team Attendance
"I understand that
parents are no longer required participants on their child's IEP team."
- Question from a parent at Wrightslaw Boot Camp in Stony Brook, NY (March
not less than 1 regular education teacher
of such child (if the child is, or may be, participating in the regular
a representative of the local educational agency . . .
(vi) at the discretion of the parent of the agency, other individuals who have knowledge or special expertise regarding the child, including related services personnel as appropriate; and
(vii) whenever appropriate, the child with a disability."
6. IDEA 2004 Resources
If you are the parent of a child with a disability, you need to learn about changes in IDEA 2004 that may affect your child. If you are an educator, IDEA 2004 is likely to lead to changes to your work.
Many organizations are publishing reports, summaries and position papers about the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA 2004). We thought it would be useful to have links to these reports and publications in one place, so we made the IDEA 2004 Resources Page.
To familiarize yourself with issues - and get answers to your questions - read some of the reports, position papers and summaries on the IDEA 2004 Resources Page.
Note: The contents of this page will change as more reports are published.
IDEA 2004 Resources Page
Learn more about IDEA 2004.
7. Coming Soon! Wrightslaw Programs in Indiana, Missouri, Arizona, New Hampshire
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 educational progress & regression; SMART IEPs; and advocacy tactics & strategies.
Fort Wayne, IN: March 25, 2005 (Advocacy Training) Attorney Wayne Steedman and advocate Pat Howey present a full-day Wrightslaw training program.
Kansas City, MO: March 29, 2005 (Advocacy Training) - NEW
Glendale, AZ: April 1-2, 2005 (Boot Camp)
Manchester, NH: May 6-7, 2005 (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.
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