Sometimes the most effective way to improve a school or school district is too make changes at the community, state or national level. In this issue, we take a step back to look at the big picture.
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1. Most Powerful Advocacy Tool in IDEA 2004
Does the quality of special education services in your school district or state need to be improved? Are the educational needs of children with disabilities going unmet? Do special education teachers and related service providers need better training?
If the answer to any of these questions is "yes," you need to think about becoming a member of your state advisory panel.
2. What One Person Can Do (Do You Have a Free Hour?)
Realistically, what can one person do to improve the education our children receive? Isn't it expensive and time consuming to make any real changes to the schools our children attend?
3. Be a Good Role Model for Your Kids - Vote!
Tomorrow, millions of people will go to the polls and cast their votes for candidates and on local and state issues. If you are the parent of a child with a disability, you need to join them.
Who is your child's most important role model? You are. If you do not exercise your right to vote, it is unlikely that your child will vote either.
Have questions about the election? VOTE411.org is your "one-stop-shop" for election information.
At VOTE411.org, you can find your polling place, factual candidate information, information about voter ID requirements, absentee ballots, and more. VOTE411.org includes a nifty tool - a polling place locator. Type in your address and get the location of your poll.
Español - El día de elección, el consejo nacional del la Raza tiene un teléfono directo bilingüe en 1-888-Ve-Y-Vota.
5. Wrightslaw Special Ed Law & Advocacy Programs in OK, MD, NC, DE ... and CA!
Wrightslaw offers a variety of special education law and advocacy programs taught by nationally-known experts in the field.
The Winter schedule includes these programs:
November 10-11: Columbia, MD - Special Education Law & Advocacy Boot Camp by Pete and Pam Wright, sponsored by the Howard County Autism Society. Download Flyer & Registration Form
FREE! December 5: Oklahoma City, OK - Special Education Law & Advocacy Training sponsored by Oklahoma Disability Law Center. Speakers: Pete and Pam Wright.
February 13: Wilmington, DE - Special Education Law and Advocacy Training sponsored by the Parent Information Center of Delaware. Speakers: Pete and Pam Wright
February 27: Charlotte, NC - Special Education Law & Advocacy Training sponsored by The Arc of Mecklenburg County. Speakers: Pete and Pam Wright
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We are now scheduling programs for 2007 and 2008. If you are interested in bringing a Wrightslaw program to your community, please read the Conference Information.
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