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Date: June 20, 2006
Issue: 357
ISSN: 1538-3202

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1. Top 5 Articles


2. Top 5 Topics


3. Top Case - Henrico v. R.T.

4. Need Help? Visit the Yellow Pages for Kids

5. Summer Schedule: Wrightslaw Programs in FL, GA, TX, KY, PA

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At Wrightslaw, our mission is to help you gain the knowledge and skills you need to navigate the confusing, changing world of special education.

In this issue, you will find links to the top 5 articles and topics during the past month. These top 5 lists are designed to help time-crunched readers find important information quickly and easily.

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1. Top 5 Articles

1. How to Use a Parent IEP Attachment - How to use a simple form at IEP meetings to track your requests, the school's response, issues that were resolved and issues that are still on the table.

2. Wrightslaw Game Plan: Writing SMART IEPs - From the email we receive from parents and teachers, it seems that everyone is confused about how to write good IEP goals and objectives. This Wrightslaw Game Plan will help.

3. Tests and Measurements for the Parent, Teacher, Advocate & Attorney - Your child has received special education for three years. Has your child caught up with the peer group? Has your child fallen further behind? How do you know? To successfully negotiate for quality special ed services that provide educational benefit, you need to know how to interpret test scores.

4. IDEA 2004: Specific Learning Disabilities: Discrepancy & Response to Intervention Models - Experts in the field of learning disabilities believe that many children identified with specific learning disabilities are “victims of poor teaching. When Congress reauthorized IDEA, they changed the law about how to identify children with specific learning disabilities ...

5. Preventing Reading Difficulties and Reading Failure: Early Intervention and Prevention - Sue Heath answers a teacher's request for articles and research about how children learn to read.


2. Top 5 Topics

These five topics generated the most interest during the past month.

1. Section 504

2. IDEA 2004

3. Individualized Education Programs (IEPs)

4. Response to Intervention (RTI)

5. No Child Left Behind

Topics pages include frequently asked questions, in-depth articles, legal resources, links to free publications, and more.


3. Top Case: Henrico School Board v. R.T.

In School Board of Henrico County, VA v. R. T., a minor, et. al. (E. D. VA 2006), the parents of a young child with autism prevailed in a tuition reimbursement case. The judge found that the school system knowingly and repeatedly failed to provide an appropriate educational program for a young child with autism. The decision includes a comprehensive analysis of ABA and TEACCH.

In Analysis of School Board of Henrico v. R.T., Pete Wright describes the Burden of Proof and Burden of Persuasion following the U. S. Supreme Court ruling in Schaffer v. Weast. The decision describes what deference, if any, should be provided to school board programs, methodology, and the testimony of school board witnesses.


4. Need Help? Visit the Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities

If you are looking for help - or a helper - visit the Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities. The Yellow Pages for your state has many resources - evaluators, speech language therapists, tutors, special ed schools, advocates, attorneys, organizations, and support groups.

User Guide: The
Yellow Pages for Kids User Guide will help you build your team, learn about your child's disability, learn advocacy skills, get training, and help other parents.

Free Listings in the Yellow Pages: If you help parents get services for children (i.e., an evaluator, educational consultant, academic tutor, advocate, attorney, special ed school, etc.) or you facilitate a support or study group for parents, please submit an application be listed in the Yellow Pages for Kids. Listings are free!

Help Others: To help us get the word out about the Yellow Pages for Kids, please print and distribute your state Yellow Pages Flyer.


5. Summer Schedule: Wrightslaw Programs in FL, GA, TX, KY, PA

Wrightslaw offers a variety of special education law and advocacy programs taught by experts in the field of special education law and advocacy.


June 23 is the deadline to apply for a seat in the free IDEA 2004 programs in four Florida cities. If you want to attend one of these programs, please act now!

The Summer schedule includes these programs:


July 11, 2006 - Tallahassee (Leon County Dept of Health) - What You Don't Know About IDEA 2004 CAN Hurt You; sponsored by Florida Developmental Disabilities Council (FDDC) - Free!

July 13, 2006 - Tampa (Shriners Hospital) - What You Don't Know About IDEA 2004 CAN Hurt You; sponsored by Florida Developmental Disabilities Council (FDDC) - Free!

July 15, 2006 - Miami (Wayside Baptist Church) - What You Don't Know About IDEA 2004 CAN Hurt You; sponsored by Florida Developmental Disabilities Council (FDDC) - Free!

July 17, 2006 - Ft. Lauderdale (NSU/NOVA) - What You Don't Know About IDEA 2004 CAN Hurt You; sponsored by Florida Developmental Disabilities Council (FDDC) - Free !

July 19:
Atlanta, GA - Special Education Law & Advocacy Training at the National Fragile X Foundation’s 10th International Fragile X Conference. Speakers: Pete and Pam Wright

August 3: Austin, TX - Special Education Law & Advocacy Training sponsored by Texas Parent to Parent, Speakers: Wayne Steedman and Pat Howey

August 4: Louisville, KY - Special Education Law & Advocacy Training sponsored by KY-SPIN & Community Parent Resource Center .Speakers: Pete and Pam Wright

August 15: Philadelphia, PA - Special Education Law & Advocacy Training sponsored by the North Penn Special Education Council. Speakers: Pete and Pam Wright

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Online Training Countdown! Progress report from Pete & Pam (we are learning how to send out invitations and reminders and designing a new PowerPoint template for online training).

We are scheduling programs for 2007. If you are interested in bringing a Wrightslaw program to your community, please read Conference Information.


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