At Wrightslaw, our mission is to help you gain the knowledge and skills you need to navigate the confusing world of special education.
1. Battling the Dark Cloud: Help Your Child Build Success by Betsy Murdock, M.S., LPC
As a parent, you know about the “dark cloud” that surrounds many children with learning or emotional problems. This is an area where you can be a powerful advocate for your child.
In Battling the Dark Cloud: Help Your Child Build Success, Betsy Murdock describes strategies you can use to help your child build success, one step at a time. Read article.
2. Your Most Frequently Asked Question: How Can I Get the School to Provide an Appropriate Program?
"My child entered special education when he was in the 2nd grade. At that time, his reading grade level was 1.3. He is now in the 5th grade. After 30 months of special education, his reading grade level is 2.3."
"Since he entered special education, he has fallen further behind. What can I do?"
In How to Get the School to Provide an Appropriate Program, read one parent's journey from emotions to advocacy as she learns to negotiate for the services her son needs. This article includes a Wrightslaw Game Plan to get appropriate services.
More frequently asked questions.
3. Navigating a Forest without a Flashlight
In Children's Crusaders, parents speak to Liz Stevens of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram about education and advocacy. She writes about the need for parents to become advocates for their kids.
4. Wrightslaw Boot Camps: Fort Worth TX (March 3-4) & Lancaster, PA (April 7-8)
If you want to attend a Wrightslaw Special Education Law & Advocacy Boot Camp before the end of the 2005-2006 school year, act now. Time is running out.
Two Boot Camps are scheduled between March and June:
March 3-4: Fort Worth, TX - Special Ed Law & Advocacy Boot Camp at the Will Rogers Memorial Center.
To register, click here or call 817-871-7392. Download, print and distribute the conference flyer
April 7-8: Lancaster, PA - Special Ed Law & Advocacy Boot Camp. Please download, print and distribute the Conference Brochure & Registration Form.
5. Call a Company, Speak to a Human
Once in a while, we learn about a cool service that may improve the quality of life for many people. Get Human is one of these services.
Get Human offers strategies to bypass IVRs ("interactive voice response" or computer voice mail systems) so you can speak to a human.
To bypass phone menus and speak to a person, go to the gethuman database that includes the secret phone numbers of hundreds of companies (from Amazon Visa, AARP, and Adelphia Cable to USAA, Verizon Wireless and XM Radio). http://gethuman.com/us/
Get Human was founded by Paul English, co-founder of Kayak.com, the travel search engine company. Because Mr. English believes consumers should be able to speak with a human by simply pressing 0, he founded the gethuman consumer movement. His goal is to change the face of customer service.
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