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Date: December 12, 2006
Issue: 372
ISSN: 1538-3202

In this Issue


1. IDEA 2004: What You Need to Know about Functional Goals in IEPs

2. On the Record about Special Education in America: Interview with Pete and Pam Wright

3. 10 Things I Wish I Had Known about Learning Disabilities


4. Special Offer on Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition - Free E-book & Save $15!

5. Get Help from the New Yellow Pages for Kids

6. Wrightslaw Programs in NC, DE, CA, and ME!

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1. IDEA 2004: What You Need to Know about Functional Goals in IEPs

"Our child's IEP team refused to include functional goals for our child in the last IEP. When we said we would have to request another IEP meeting to resolve this, they agreed to include a few functional goals. I am afraid this will happen again."

In IDEA 2004: What You Need to Know About Functional Goals in IEPS, Pat Howey answers this parent's questions about functional goals in IEPs - and offers strategies to use in dealing with this difficult situation.
www.wrightslaw.com/howey/iep.functional.perf.htm

As Pat explains, the IDEA 2004 statute and federal special education regulations include specific requirements about using present levels of functional performance to develop functional goals in the IEPs for all children with disabilities. Pat also teaches you how to find answers to your questions in references that are available on Wrightslaw.

Read answers to more questions submitted by people just like you in Ask the Advocate at hwww.wrightslaw.com/howey/ask.htm

Read more What You Need to Know About IDEA 2004 articles at www.wrightslaw.com/howey/ask.htm

Related Information

Preparing for IEP Meetings: Providing Information & Sharing Concerns by Pat Howey
www.wrightslaw.com/howey/iep.mtgs.info.concern.htm

IDEA 2004: What You Need to Know About IEPs for Children with Behavior Problems by Pat Howey
www.wrightslaw.com/howey/iep.special.factors.htm

10 Tips: How to Use IDEA 2004 to Improve Your Child's Special Education Program
by Wayne Steedman, Esq.
www.wrightslaw.com/idea/art/10.tips.steedman.htm


2. On the Record about Special Education in America: An Interview with Pete and Pam Wright

In a wide-ranging interview with Sheryl Knapp of Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities, Pete and Pam Wright answer questions about Pete's early misdiagnosis and remediation, problems identifying children with learning disabilities, the quality of special education services, and how to effect change in schools.

Pete answers questions about current developments in special education law and how it is being interpreted. Pam has some advice for parents about the importance of believing in their children and keeping self-esteem intact.

Read On the Record about Special Education in America: An Interview with Pete and Pam Wright at www.wrightslaw.com/news/06/smartkids.1212.htm


On the Record about Special Education was published in the November 2006 issue of the Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities newsletter.


3. 10 Things I Wish I'd Known About Learning Disabilities

Jane Ross, founder and Executive Director of Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities, shares the lessons she learned the hard way in 10 Things I Wish I'd Known About Learning Disabilities at www.smartkidswithld.org/ld-5-tenthings.html

At the end of this article, you'll learn about the boy who inspired Jane to create SmartKids with LD - and what he is doing now.

For information, inspiration, and support, join Smart Kids with LD. Members receive the Smart Kids with LD Newsletter eight times a year. The newsletter includes concise, authoritative information from experts, practical advice and support from parents, and inspiration in the form of news about high-achieving people with LD and ADHD.

Learn more: www.smartkidswithld.org/gi-1-join.html


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Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition is available in two versions: as a print book and as a print book & e-book combo.

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When you order the Special Education Law book now, you'll receive a link to download the Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition E-book (3.5 mgs) immediately. You can read it on your computer, search for information quickly and easily, and print pages. The print publication will be sent to you in mid-January 2007.

The Print & E-book Combo retails for $44.95. Order by December 20 to receive the Print & E-book Combo for $29.95 -  s a v e $15.00!


Information about Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition is at www.wrightslaw.com/bks/selaw2/selaw2.htm

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5. Get Help from the New Yellow Pages for Kids Site

"Help! I am having problems with the school - I need an advocate!"
"Help! I need to get an evaluation of my child - where can I find a good evaluator?
"

The Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities has a new user-friendly navigation system with tabs and drop-down menus that give you instant access to our comprehensive listings and features. The Yellow Pages includes listings for psychologists, educational diagnosticians, therapists, health care providers, tutors, special education schools, advocates, attorneys, support and study groups, and others who provide services to parents and children.

Yellow Pages for Kids User Guide The Yellow Pages for Kids User Guide teaches you how to be a more effective advocate. Learn how to build your team, get educated about your child's disability, find special education advocacy training, locate a parent group, and get legal and advocacy help.

How Do You Get Listed? If you are a provider who helps parents and caregivers get services for children with disabilities, or you facilitate a support or study group, please submit an application and click "Submit" to send it to us for processing. Processing may take one week or more, depending upon volume of requests. You will receive a confirmation email once your listing has been added.

Yes, listings are  f r e e !


Yellow Pages User Guide: www.yellowpagesforkids.com/yp.user.guide.htm

Yellow Pages Application: www.yellowpagesforkids.com/application.htm


6. Wrightslaw Special Ed Law & Advocacy Programs in OK, 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:

January 26: Charlotte, NC - From Emotions to Advocacy Training sponsored by The Parker Autism Foundation. Speaker: Pat Howey

February 13: Wilmington, DE - Special Education Law and Advocacy Training sponsored by the Parent Information Center of Delaware. Speakers: Pete and Pam Wright

February 20: San Diego, CA - Special Education Advocacy Training sponsored by the San Diego County Chapter of the Autism Society of America. 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

March 8: Brewer ME - Special Education Law and Advocacy Conference sponsored by the Maine Parent Federation. Speaker: Pete Wright.

Schedule l Program Descriptions

We are scheduling programs for 2007 and 2008. If you are interested in bringing a Wrightslaw program to your community, please read Conference Information.



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