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. 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.
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
Preparing for IEP Meetings: Providing Information & Sharing Concerns by Pat Howey
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.
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.
4. Special Offer on Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition - F r e e E-book S a v e $15!
Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition is available in two versions: as a print book and as a print book & e-book combo.
* Print book (456 pages, 8 1/2" x 11", perfect bound, $29.95 plus shipping)
* E-book and Print Book Combo ($44.95 plus shipping)
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.
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.
7. Subscription & Contact Info
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