Success Story: From Victim to a Mighty Force

Wrightslaw        Law      Advocacy     Training      Products      Store      Subscribe       Sitemap       Contact Us

December 18, 2007

ISSN: 1538-3202

Issue: 416
Subscribers: 55,285

In This Issue:

Why Can't My Children Read?

Special Education 101

From Anger to Advocacy - How I Turned Things Around

Do You Have a Success Story to Share?

Don't Miss the Special Holiday Sale!

Christmas Special Sale
When you forward this offer to friends and colleagues, they will receive the 25% discount too.

Give a Wrightslaw Gift Certificate This Year

starMore Resources from Wrightslaw

Special Education Advocacy
Success Stories
Ask the Advocate
FAQs About Special Education
IDEA 2004

Special Education Law and Advocacy Training
with Pete & Pam Wright

Multimedia Training

Agenda

Download Training Program

Order Training Program on CD-ROM

Training & Book Combos

25% Off with Your Holiday Discount

 

Contact Info

Pete and Pam Wright
Wrightslaw & The Special Ed Advocate
P. O. Box 1008
Deltaville, VA 23043

Website

   

Copyright 2007, Peter W. D. Wright and Pamela Darr Wright. All rights reserved. Please do NOT reprint or host on your website without explicit permission.

This week we bring you warm wishes for the holidays and a cool Christmas Greetings from Wrightslaw success story from a mom who became a mighty advocate.

Susan contacted us in 2006. She sent an email in which she ranted (her words) about her children's school system.

When she received our auto-response, she replied with "thanks for another door slammed in the face of my child."

Then Susan received a personal reply from Pam Wright. Pam suggested that she stop playing the victim and do what was necessary to be an effective advocate for her children.

And that's exactly what she did! Susan is now the Region 3 Regional Education Coordinator for PRO-Parents of South Carolina, Inc.

In this holiday issue of the Special Ed Advocate, we share Susan's powerful success story with you.

Once you read her story, you'll want to share it with others. Don't hesitate to forward this success story to a friend or colleague.
forward to a friend

Sign up free today!  l Read previous issues


Why Can't My Children Read?

"I would cry oceans of tears for my children before I began a path of discovery that would forever change my life."

In From Victim to a Mighty Force, Susan agonizes over the fact that her children couldn't read, yet she was told by school officials they didn't qualify for special education services. young children with big eyes


Susan did not know that her children were dyslexic. She didn't know what dyslexia was. This was about to change.
Don't miss her story about how she turned things around.

With help from her friends, Wrightslaw, and her Parent Training and Information Center, Susan learn to do research, attended training, and started on her journey.

back to the top


Special Education 101

In Susan's story, she describes what she decided she had to do.

  • Get independent evaluations
  • Become an expert on IDEA and her children's disabilities
  • Document everything
  • Learn about special education law and advocacy

From Emotions to Advocacy Book"After reading the first chapter of Wrightslaw: From Emotions To Advocacy, I got angry and put the book down. I ranted about what I considered the school's blatant disregard for the law. I sent an email to the Wrights.

Pam Wright's response surprised me. 'I can see you know what you're doing, but you are going about it the wrong way. Stop playing the victim and being the emotional parent,' she said.

I picked the book back up, finished it, and followed this advice. I learned how the system worked.

It changed my life forever."

back to the top


From Anger to Advocacy - How I Turned Things Around

In From Victim to a Mighty Force, Susan explains how she:

  • got documentation together
  • made graphs of every assessment
  • made Power Point charts to chart progress or regression

"I no longer felt angry or intimidated, but informed. There is only one word to describe how I felt - empowered."

To learn how Susan built a healthy working relationship with her school district and became a respected member of the IEP team, read Success Story: From Victim to a Mighty Force by Susan Bruce. You'll also learn the strategies Susan used to gain and maintain credibility.

Susan is now the Region 3 Regional Education Coordinator for her Parent Training and Information Center, PRO-Parents of South Carolina, Inc.

Does Susan's story feel familiar? What can you do to turn things around?

Plan now to attend a Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Training Program. Schedule of Programs.

If you can't attend a live program, order the multimedia Special Education Law and Advocacy Training Program - it's available as a download and on a CD-ROM. The multimedia program allows you to learn at your own pace. Learn more.

PRO-Parents of South Carolina is sponsoring a Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Training on February 27, 2008.

back to the top


Do You Have a Success Story to Share?

Do you have a success story or advocacy strategy to share?

girl doing handstandsWe are collecting stories about successful advocacy from parents and other advocates. These stories will be published on Fetaweb.com, the parent advocacy site and in the Special Ed Advocate newsletter. Read more Success Stories.

If you are interested in submitting a success story or strategy, please send an email to: success | at | wrightslaw.comNote: Replace the |at| with @.

In the Subject line of your email, type SUCCESS STORY in all caps. You will receive an auto responder email that contains details about our submissions policy.

Please read and review the Submissions Policy before submitting your story.

back to the top


 

What People Are Saying About The Special Ed Advocate Newsletter

"Thanks for the trustworthy information and support you provide through the Wrightslaw website and newsletter. You helped our family act when we needed to - we are thriving now."

 

Great Products From Wrightslaw

Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition, by Pam and Pete Wright Wrightslaw: No Child Left Behind

Surviving Due Process: Stephen Jeffers v. School Board

About the Book
To Order
About Book
To Order
About Book
To Order
About DVD Video
To Order
 

Visit Wrightslaw.com