Special Ed Advocate Newsletter
Wrightslaw, our goals are to help you gain the information and skills
you need to navigate the confusing world of special education. In this
issue, we focus on IEPs and IDEA 2004.
Highlights: Do IQ scores belong in IEPs? what about transition?; answers to questions about IEPs; accommodations & modifications; biggest mistake schools make - Education World interviews Pete Wright; questions about new IDEA regulations; IDEA 2004 - publications & reports; schedule of public hearings on IDEA 2004 regulations; Wrightslaw programs in NH, IL, HI.
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1. Question of the Week: Do IQ Scores Belong in IEPs? What About Transition?
daughter's IEP team insists on including results from an old WISC in her
IEP. These test results are different from prior evaluations - her Verbal,
Performance and Full Scale IQ scores were much lower."
are concerned that if the IEP has the old IQ scores, those working with
our daughter will have lower expectations for her and she will be viewed
as a 'slow learner.' We are also concerned about transition. Do you have
suggestions about how we can handle these issues?"
2. More Qs & As About IEPs
will IEPs change under IDEA 2004?
3. Accommodations & Modifications
with disabilities need accommodations and modifications to their special
education program. Yet, many parents and school personnel are confused
about accommodations and modifications - how they are different, when
should they be used.
differences between accommodations and modifications and see examples
for books, curriculum, instruction, assignments, and behavior in Accommodations
4. What is the Biggest Mistake Schools Make? Pete Answers Questions from Education World
In a recent interview with Pete, Ellen Delisio of Education World asked questions about mistakes schools make, NCLB and budget cutbacks, parental complaints, how to navigate the "maze" -- and Pete's experiences as a child with learning disabilities and ADHD. She asked:
* What are mistakes school districts make in dealing with the needs of children with disabilities and their parents?
* How can schools improve the way special education children are taught?
* How are budget cutbacks and No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act requirements affecting special education services?
* How have the challenges for learning disabled children changed since you began school in the 1950s?
* Can you describe your experiences in school before your disability was identified? How did it manifest itself?
* What are common complaints from parents about special education programs?
* What advice do you have about navigating the maze of special education services?
To read Pete's
answers to Ellen's questions, read Helping
Schools Do Whats Best for Special Ed Kids by Ellen Delisio.
5. IDEA 2004: Answers to Questions About IDEA 2004 Regulations
"IDEA 2004 goes into effect on July 1, 2005. If the IDEA 2004 regulations are not published until late 2005 or early 2006, how will the law be implemented?"
From the questions we receive about IDEA 2004, we know many people are
confused about what will happen when the law goes into effect and what
to do until the federal special education regulations are published.
6. IDEA 2004: Publications & Reports
If you advocate for children with disabilities, you need to be familiar with changes in IDEA 2004 that will affect your work. Many legal, educational and disability organizations have published reports about the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA 2004).
To see how
different organizations - the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates,
National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), Congressional Research
Service, Council of Exceptional Children, Consortium for Citizens with
Disabilities (CCD) - view IDEA 2004, go to the IDEA
2004 Publications & Resources Page.
reports. When you are familiar with the issues, you will be a stronger,
more effective advocate for children with disabilities.
7. IDEA News: Schedule of Public Hearings on Regulations
The reauthorized IDEA goes into effect on July 1, 2005. The U. S. Department of Education will issue the proposed / draft regulations this spring.
The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), Department of Education, announced plans to hold seven public meetings for comments about the proposed IDEA 2004 regulations in these locations:
6, 2005: San Antonio, TX
will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Announcement
in Federal Register
Note: We will publish a Special Ed Advocate Alert when the proposed regulations are published We urge you to attend one of these public meetings if possible - it is essential that the feds hear from parents and advocates.
8. Coming Up! Wrightslaw Programs in New Hampshire, Illinois, Hawaii
Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Training Programs focus on four areas: special education laws including significant changes in IDEA 2004; how to use the bell curve to measure educational progress & regression; SMART IEPs; and advocacy tactics & strategies.
Manchester, NH: May 6-7, 2005- Special Education Law & Advocacy Training
If you are interested in bringing a Wrightslaw program to your community, please read FAQs about Seminars.
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