Special Ed Advocate Newsletter
Wrightslaw, our mission
is to help you gain the information and skills you need to navigate the
changing world of special education.
1. A New School Year Begins - Under IDEA 2004
Yesterday, Pete stopped by the Wal-Mart in Hilo, Hawaii to pick up a few things. When he finally arrived back to the hotel a few hours later, he said, "Today is the first day of school in Hilo - the place was packed! I've never seen so many people in Wal-Mart - I didn't think I would get out alive!"
IDEA 2004 went into effect on July 1. As the new school year begins, it's time to look at IEPs - how IEPs and IEP meetings will change under IDEA 2004.
2. What You Need to Know About IEPs & IEP Meetings Under IDEA 2004
reauthorized IDEA, they made several changes to Section 1414(d) about
Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) and IEP meetings.
be included in the IEP? What does the law say about developing the IEP?
Reviewing and revising the child's IEP?
the law say about educational placements? What
services must be provided when a child transfers to a district in the
same state? A different state? What are multi-year IEPs?
to these questions, read What
You Need to Know About IEPs Under IDEA 2004. (this articles includes
changes in the law from IDEA 97.)
3. What You Need to Know About IDEA 2004
If you are
the parent of a child with a disability, you represent your child's interests.
You need to be informed about changes in IDEA 2004 that may affect your
child. If you are a teacher or special education service provider, the
reauthorized law will affect you and your job. These articles will help
you understand IDEA 2004 and how it will affect you.
2004: Highly Qualified Teachers & Research Based Instruction
- Learn about new requirements in IDEA 2004 - that children with disabilities
will be taught by highly qualified teachers and receive research based
instruction. This article focuses on new requirements for personnel training,
IEPs, and scientifically based instruction.
2004: IEP Team Members & IEP Team Attendance - Learn
about IEP meetings; when team members may be excused from a meeting, and
what parents and the school district must do before a team member may
IDEA 2004 at Wrightslaw will help you find answers to your questions.
4. Wrightslaw IDEA 2004 Training: Wheeling, WV (Sept 16) & Richmond, VA (Sept 17)
Two Wrightslaw IDEA 2004 Training programs are scheduled in September:
IDEA 2004 by Wayne Steedman, Esq. - Wheeling, WV (September 16)
IDEA 2004 by Pete Wright, Esq. - Richmond, VA (September 17)
2004 Training in Richmond - Learn about early bird discounts, registration
& fees, the "meet and great"
reception /cocktail party on September 16 (with guest of honor), accommodations,
CLEs, and logistics.
You will also learn about issues in Schaffer v. Weast case and how the decision by the U. S. Supreme Court may shift the balance of power in IEP meetings and due process hearings. Oral argument is scheduled for October 5; the Court may issue a decision by mid-November or December 2005.
Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Training Programs
Wrightslaw Special Education Law & Advocacy Programs are designed to meet the needs of parents, educators, health care providers, advocates, and attorneys who represent children with disabilities. Our goal is provide individuals with the knowledge and skills to advocate effectively for children with disabilities. Overview.
5. Success Stories: Why You Need to Plan, How to Ask Questions
Success Stories, learn
how other parents are using strategies, common sense and resources from
Wrightslaw to resolve problems and get better services for their children.
I Learned to Get Services by Asking Questions - "When I began
to advocate for my daughter, I supported requests with tons of documentation.
I was surprised when the "powers that be" would not provide
the services and supports. Why was I having this problem? What could I
do? Then I realized that the educators viewed me as a 'Know it All Parent'
. . ." Read
Special Ed Advocate is a free online newsletter about special education
legal and advocacy issues, cases, and tactics and strategies. Subscribers
receive "alerts" about new cases, events, and special offers
on Wrightslaw books.