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1. Question of the Week: How to Solve Parent-School Problems -- and Protect Relationships
seven-year old has autism. After his aide told us he has not received
all the speech language and OT sessions called for in his IEP, we wrote
letters demanding that the school make up the missing sessions."
2. How to Disagree with the School - Without Starting WW III
In How to Disagree with the School Without Starting WW III, Pete answers questions from parents about how to disagree with the IEP team. Learn about the Rules of Adverse Assumptions, how to use tape recording and thank you letters to clarify issues, and how to deal with an IEP team bully. Read article.
In Learning to Negotiate is Part of the Advocacy Process, advocate Brice Palmer describes the negotiation process in special education, explains the rules, and offers excellent advice about tactics and techniques.
More articles about special education advocacy
3. Coming Soon! Wrightslaw: IDEA 2004
We are working on Wrightslaw: IDEA 2004 (ISBN: 1-892320-05-3), a new publication that includes the full text of Parts A and B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA 2004), extensive commentary, discussion of changes from IDEA 97, and cross-references. The format, layout, and statutory explanations are similar to Wrightslaw: Special Education Law.
Wrightslaw: IDEA 2004 will be available before July 1, 2005 when IDEA 2004 goes into effect.
Subscribers to The Special Ed Advocate newsletter will receive advance notice before Wrightslaw: IDEA 2004 is available to the public. Watch your email box - we'll keep you posted.
Learn more about IDEA 2004.
More Wrightslaw publications - and one cool DVD!
4. Crisis! Emergency! Help!
we receive dozens of emails from parents (and teachers) that begin with
the word Help! In many cases, these folks have damaged their credibility
- and the child's case - by assuming that they must DO SOMETHING RIGHT
5. The Art of Writing Letters
If you have concerns about your child's program, you need to put your concerns in writing. The Art of Writing Letters teaches you how to write letters to the school. Learn about the Blame Approach and the Storytelling Approach, the sympathy factor, first impressions, letter-writing pitfalls, and the powerful decision-making Stranger.
6. Updates in Schaffer v. Weast: New Amicus Briefs, Decisions
v. Weast page has been updated. The page now includes the background
of the case, the question presented to the U. S. Supreme Court, links
to the U. S. District Court decision, and the Joint Appendix filed with
the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
7. Mistakes People Make: Independent Evaluators & Advocates by Bob Crabtree, Esq.
People Make: Advocates - Because the non-lawyer advocate plays an
extremely important role in the special education process, advocates must
be mindful of their power and the trust parents place in them. The more
serious mistakes advocates may make are generally ones of excess . . .
8. Coming Up! Wrightslaw Programs in Illinois, Michigan, 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.
IL - May 13-14, 2005 (Boot Camp)
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