At Wrightslaw, our mission is to help you gain the knowledge and skills you need to navigate the confusing, changing world of special education.
1. The Paper Chase: Managing Your Child's Documents Under the IDEA by Bob Crabtree, Esq.
"Do the hard jobs first. The easy jobs will take care of themselves."- Dale Carnegie
If you have kids with special educational needs, you can be overwhelmed by the paperwork in no time at all.
From the beginning of school to the time your child graduates or "ages out" of special ed services, you'll find that IEPs, evaluations, progress reports, correspondence, notes, journals, work samples, and medical records are likely to fill several drawers of a file cabinet or take up most of your storage space.
What do you need to keep? For how long? Why?
Mistakes People Make - School Districts - Anything a school system does that undermines parents' trust creates a climate that is costly in dollars, time, peace of mind, and the quality and success of services given to the child. This article describes the most common mistakes school systems make.
2. Why Do Schools Draw Lines in the Sand? Different Perspectives, Power Struggles, Threats, and Advocacy Strategies by Pat Howey
When you have a child with a disability, you must expect occasional disagreements with the school. Schools are in the educational decision-making process for the short-term. As a parent, you are in it for the long-term.
Learn about power, responsibility, and how to be an equal member of the team in Why Do Schools Draw Lines in the Sand?
More Articles by Pat Howey
3. What You Need to Know about IDEA 2004
To be an equal participant in the IEP process you need to be informed.
Get the topic briefs and model forms for IDEA 2004 published by the U.S. Department of Education
The U. S. Department of Education released the IDEA 2004 regulations in early August. We reformatted the regulations and broke them into subparts to make them easier to read. Get your free copy of the IDEA Regulations
What You Don't Know About IDEA 2004 Can Hurt You! - The authorization of any new law brings differing interpretations and questions. Learn about significant changes in IDEA 2004 and how to use the law to get improved special education services for your child.
Go to IDEA 2004 at Wrightslaw for more information about the reauthorized law.
4. Special Ed Law & Advocacy Programs in NC, WV, OH, PA, IL - Boot Camps in FL & MD
Wrightslaw offers a variety of special education law and advocacy programs taught by nationally-known experts in the field.
The Fall 2006 schedule includes these programs.
October 5: Winston-Salem, NC - Special Education Law & Advocacy Training by Pete and Pam Wright, sponsored by CenterPoint Human Services. Download Registration Form.
October 13: Wheeling, WV - Special Education Law Training by Wayne Steedman, sponsored by Augusta Levy Learning Center. Download Registration Form
October 17: Cleveland, OH - Special Education Law & Advocacy Training by Pete and Pam Wright, sponsored by The Up Side of Downs of Greater Cleveland. Download Registration Form
October 19: Erie, PA - Special Education Law & Advocacy Training with Pete and Pam Wright, sponsored by Voices for Independence. Download Flyer & Registration Form
October 28: Champaign, IL - Special Education Law & Advocacy Training by Wayne Steedman and Pat Howey, sponsored by the C-U Autism Network. Download Registration Form.
* Boot Camps *
November 4-5: Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Special Education Law & Advocacy Bootcamp by Wayne Steedman and Pat Howey, sponsored by the Unicorn Children's Foundation. Download Flyer & Registration Form
2006-2007 Schedule l Program Descriptions l Online Training
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