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1. What You Need to Know About IDEA 2004: Learning Disabilities, Discrepancy & Response to Intervention (RTI) Models
Did you know that more than half of all children in special education programs are identified with specific learning disabilities? For years, experts have questioned the use of discrepancy models to identify children with learning disabilities.
Almost all children can learn if taught appropriately. Many children do not get appropriate instruction because their teachers are not adequately prepared. Some experts claim that most children identified with specific learning disabilities are actually "victims of poor teaching."
Congress reauthorized IDEA, they listened to these experts. IDEA
2004 includes changes in how children with specific learning disabilities
may be identified. How did the law change? Is IDEA 2004 the death
knell for discrepancy models?
to Intervention, Responsiveness to Intervention, Response to
Instruction - whatever you call it, you need to know what it
View Responsiveness-to-Intervention: A New Method of Identifying Students with Disabilities, a PowerPoint presentation from the National Research Center on Learning Disabilities.
3. When Will the Federal Special Ed Regulations Be Available?
you tell me when the federal special education regulations will
has 90 days to review the regulations. OMB can approve the regs
or request that the Department of Education make changes to them.
When IDEA was reauthorized in 1997, 19 months passed before the federal special education regulations were published. IDEA 2004 was reauthorized 12 months ago, in December 2004. We will send a Wrightslaw Alert to subscribers when the federal regulations are published.
Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition will include the federal special ed regulations and the recent Supreme Court decision in Schaffer v. Weast.
4. Help at the Yellow Pages for Kids
"Help! I am having problems with the school - I need an advocate!"
I need to get an evaluation of my child - where can I find a good
you are looking for help, visit the Yellow
Pages for Kids with Disabilities!
Help Others - Distribute Flyers for the Yellow Pages
of parents are frightened, isolated, and seeking help. Reach out.
Give them a hand. Let them know about the Yellow
Pages for Kids.
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