Special Ed Advocate Newsletter
Wrightslaw, our goals are to help you gain knowledge and skills to navigate
the confusing world of special education. In this
issue of The Special Ed Advocate, we focus on retention and parent advocacy.
Retention - teacher has questions, parent has doubts; learn "rules
of the game"; game plan for new parents; mistakes parents make; parent
learn advocacy at Fetaweb; Wrightslaw books; teachers providing accommodations
in child's IEP; mistakes school districts make; Wrightslaw programs in
IN, MO, AZ & NH. Download
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1. Retention! Teacher Has Questions, Parent Has Doubts
am a special ed teacher and am having a disagreement with my mentor about
retention. I said research shows that retention is not successful. He
disagrees. Can you suggest resources or caselaw that may help?"
2. Learning the "Rules of the Game" by Pat Howey
Good special education services are individualized, intensive and expensive. Schools often balk at providing intensive services. What can you do?
You need accurate information about your child's educational needs and legal rights. You also need to use use tactics and strategies to anticipate problems, manage conflict, and avoid crises.
learn the rules of
the game, you will be a more effective advocate for your child. You
need to learn about gatekeepers, special education teams, and one-size-fits-all
(OSFA) programs. In Learning
the Rules of the Game, special ed advocate Pat Howey will get you
3. Overwhelmed? You Aren't Alone! Get the Wrightslaw Game Plan for New Parents
"My son is 8 years old and in the second grade. He is diagnosed with learning disabilities and ADHD. He is in a self- contained reading class because he cannot read or spell. Where do we start?"
"My 10 year daughter has been in special education classes for two years but she isn't learning. When we asked for more help, school staff said she was doing fine. What can we do to become better advocates for our child"
Every week, we receive dozens of requests for help from "new parents" - parents who are new to special education or parents who now realize that they must be effective advocates for their children.
Are you confused about special education? Overwhelmed? Not sure what you should learn first? The Wrightslaw Game Plan for New Parents will help you focus on what is important.
If you know other parents who are struggling, please forward this article to them!
4. Mistakes People Make: Parents
stakes are so high, it is hard for parents of children with special educational
needs to advocate calmly and objectively for the educational and related
services their children need. Don't shoot yourself in the foot! Read Mistakes
People Make - Parents by parent attorney Bob Crabtree.
5. Learn Effective Parent Advocacy at Fetaweb
If you want to learn how to advocate for children with special educational needs, visit Fetaweb, the companion site we built for our book, Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy. Fetaweb has articles, checklists, sample letters, charts, and other resources about effective parent advocacy.
If you are
a newcomer to special ed, you will learn the basics about advocacy, advocates,
and the need to plan in Getting
6. Wrightslaw Books - Great Values. . . 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
50% Discount on Bulk Purchases of Wrightslaw Books -The Advocacy Challenge Discount is a 50% discount on bulk purchases of Wrightslaw books.
7. Must Teachers Provide Accommodations & Modifications in Child's IEP?
have to provide the accommodations and modifications listed in the child's
Read more frequently asked questions and answers.
8. Mistakes People Make: School Districts
Why are parents
angry? When school district staff take actions that undermine parents'
trust, they create a climate that is costly in dollars, time, peace of
mind, and the quality and success of services given to the child.
9. Pete & Pam Hit the Road - Training Programs in IN, MO, AZ, NH
"I have never learned so much useful information at a workshop - thank you for having a heart for kids and the head for the Law." - Susan from Texas
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 - Special Education Law & Advocacy Training
Participants will receive two books, Wrightslaw: Special Education Law and Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, (Value: $59.90), and our new publication, The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004: Overview, Explanation and Comparison of IDEA 2004 & IDEA 97 by Pete Wright.
Wrightslaw Special Education Law Seminar was a tremendously rewarding
experience and will forever change our practice." - Bryan I.
Eder, Esq., Chudnof & Eder,
10. Get Help from Your Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities
Your State Yellow
Pages for Kids has listings for psychologists, educational diagnosticians,
therapists, health care providers, academic tutors, special education
schools, advocates, attorneys, support and study groups, and others who
provide services to parents and children.
If you are looking for help, visit the
Yellow Pages for Kids with
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Millions of parents are looking for help. Reach out and give them a hand.
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