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Special Ed Advocate Archives: 2010

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The Special Ed Advocate is a free online newsletter from Wrightslaw. The newsletter provides accurate, up-to-date information about special education legal and advocacy issues. Our goal is to help readers navigate the confusing world of special education and get quality services for children with disabilities. Mission.

The 2010 Archives includes links to all issues of The Special Ed Advocate newsletter and Alerts published this year. To read issues published since April 1998, please visit the
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January 5, 2010 - Alert! Learn "All About IEPs" - Registration Open! . All About IEPs, new training in Tampa, FL with Pete Wright; What You Will Learn; Your Registration Includes, Discount Room Rates Available.

January 12, 2010 - Should IEPs Include Restraint and Seclusion? Ban Abusive Interventions in IEPs; IEPs fro Children with Behavior Problems; IEPs: Key Legal Issues; Using Federal Stimulus $ for Seclusion Areas.

January 19, 2010 - Writing Skill and Testing Written Expression. Written Language Evaluations Test Different Skills; Myths and Misconceptions about Written Language Testing; Commonly Used Tests of Written Expression; More about Evaluations.

January 26, 2010 - Understanding Dysgraphia. Getting Help for Dysgraphia; Pete Wright's Struggle with Dysgraphia; from The Wrightslaw Way Blog: Can More Than One Disability Be Listed in the IEP?

February 2, 2010 - 2009 Progress Report...and a Thank You Note. New in 2009: Wrightslaw: All About IEPs, Top 10 Articles, Topics, Cases, and Wrightslaw Way Blog Posts.

February 9, 2010 - Stop Bullying Now! What Can Parents Do If Your Child is Being Bullied? Bullying and Its Effects: When Teachers & Administrators Fail to Intervene Free Pubs & Resources for Parents, Schools, and Kids; From The Wrightslaw Way Blog.

February 16, 2010 - So You Want to Be an Advocate? What Training Do You Need?; What You Need to Know; Start an Advocacy Flyer Campaign; Featured Training for Parents and Advocates.

February 18, 2010 - Alert! Join Us on Facebook. Wrightslaw on Facebook

February 23, 2010 - Support Improves for Military Families with Special Needs. New! office of Community Support for Military Families with Special Needs; Congressional Briefing: Overcoming Barriers Faced by Military Children; The Military Child and Special Education; Supporting the Military Child.

March 2, 2010 - Self Advocacy Skills: Encourage Your Child to Find her Voice! Engage Your Child in IEP Meetings; Chart the Future by Taking an Active Role; Know Yourself: Know What You Need, Know How to Get It; Learn to Negotiate.

March 9, 2010 - Transition: It's Never Too Early to Plan for Your Child's Future. Transition Planning Checklists; Transition from School to Work; Legal Requirements for Transition Services; IDEA: Transition- A "Results-Oriented Process".

March 16, 2010 - Preparing for College and Continuing Education. Summary of Academic Achievement & Functional Performance; Quick Guide to Accommodations on the SAT; Choosing a School That's Right for You; transition to Life After High School.

March 23, 2010 - Helping Children Learn & Teachers Teach. Meeting the Challenges of Effective Progress Monitoring; Progress Monitoring Resources for Families; Making Progress - From the Wrightslaw Way Blog; Progress Monitoring FAQs from Wrightslaw: All About IEPs.

March 25, 2010 - Weekend Blowout Sale. 25% ALL Wrightslaw products.

March 30, 2010 - Make the Most of Summer Camp. Finding the Right Camp for Your Child; Youth Programs and Summer Camps; Summer Planning for the Military Kids; Morgan' Wonderland: Spreading Joy to Special Kids; Wrightslaw Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities.

April 6, 2010 - What You Need to Know about IEPs: Your Role as a Parent. Will an IEP Help My Child? Parent as Project Manager; Develop Your Master Plan; Keeping Your Child's IEP on Track.

April 13, 2010 - What You Need to Know about IEPs: Legal Requirements. Roadmap to the IEP; IEP Team Meetings and Attendance; Functional Performance and Goals in IEPs; Legal Requirements of IEPs.

April 20, 2010 - What You Need to Know about IEPs: Answers to Your IEP FAQs. How Can I Document My IEP Concerns?; Why, When, and How Can I Get the IEP Revised?; Can the IEP Include Parent & Teacher Training?; Can I Use Academic Standards to Develop IEP Goals?; More IEP FAQs.

April 27, 2010 - Getting Help for a Child with Autism. "Jack speak"...Tips from a Mom of a Child with ASD; Getting Help for a Child with Autism; Special Education Services and Caselaw; Free Pubs and Resources.

May 4, 2010 - Positive Reinforcement: Saying Thank You to Those Who Help. Help Prevent Burnout with a "Thank You"; Teacher Appreciation Week, May 2-8; 10 Tips for Ending the School Year Right; 2nd Graders' Tribute to Moms - Happy Mother's Day.

May 11, 2010 - What You Need to Know About IEPs: Developing a SMART IEP. Raising the Bar for Educational Outcomes; Your Game Plan for SMART IEPs; How Can I Get an Appropriate Program; SMART IEPs for Behavioral Problems.

May 18, 2010 - Closing the Gap With ESY. ESY, Regression, and Responding to "Misinformation" from School Administrators; Sample Letter: Get Answers to Your Questions from School Personnel; Should Your Child's IEP Include ESY?; ESY Success Story: The "Colombo" Strategy; Publisher's Special: Get a FREE Special Ed Law E-Book.

May 25, 2010 - Celebrate Memorial Day: Supporting Military Families. Autism Lives Daily in Our House; SCOR for Children with Special Health Care Needs; Be a Hero...To a Hero; Young Children on the Homefront; Compact Helps Military Kids in Special Programs Transition to New Schools.

June 2, 2010 - Super Blowout Sale. 25% All Wrightslaw Products.

June 8, 2010 - Settle or Fight? A Saturday Morning Question: Settle or Fight; Demystifying Settlement Agreements by Wyner and Tiffany; Congratulations Jarron; Super Sale Ends Today.

June 15, 2010 - Need Help? Visit the Yellow Pages for Kids. Get Education; Build Your Team; Find Training; Find an Attorney, Advocate, or Therapist; Help Others: Apply for a FREE Listing on the Yellow Pages.

June 22, 2010 - We Need Your Advice. Requesting Advice: Newsletter, Product, and Website Survey; Coming Soon! Wrightslaw Training in PA, NH, NY, OK; Download Free Pubs.

June 29, 2010 - Got Questions? We Have Answers to Your IEP FAQs. Scheduling IEP Meetings; Who Are Members of Your Child's IEP Team?; What Needs to Be in the IEP?; Who Can Overturn IEP Team Decisions?

July 13, 2010 - Top 5. Top 5 Topics; Top 5 Articles; Top 5 Blog Posts.

July 20, 2010 - It's time to relax, recharge, and ratchet down your stress level. Raising a child with special educational needs can be overwhelming. If you are not careful, special education can consume your life.

July 27, 2010 - Find information and resources to support summer activities for your child to keep him on track and prepared to return to school next fall.

August 10, 2010 - Website Satisfaction Survey Results - and a Thank You. What You Like Most about the Wrightslaw Website; High Ratings for the Special Ed Advocate Newsletter; Comments & Suggestions for Future Wrightslaw Products; The Wrightslaw "Suggestion Box".

August 24, 2010 - Get the New School Year Off to a Good Start. 10 Tips for a Successful School Year; Parents & Kids: Rise and Shine; Back to School Tips & Supplies - for Parents; Will Your Child Need Extra Help This Year?; Spanish Translation: From Emotions to Advocacy.

August 31, 2010 - Your Role: Representing Your Child's Interest. Become Your Child's Case Manager - Don't Just 'Go With the Flow'; Mistakes Parents Make; Assertiveness and Effective Parent Advocacy; What Parents Should...and Should NOT Do; Parents Leading the Way.

September 14, 2010 - The Law: Your Rights & Responsibilities. Learn What IDEA Says; Attend a Wrightslaw Training Program; Get Up to Speed on Special Education Legal and Assessment Terms: Take the Vocabulary Quiz; Use State Standards to Develop Your Child's IEP; Read a "Lesson From the Trenches".

September 21, 2010 - FAPE - What Does It Mean? The Legal Concept of FAPE; Who Is Responsible for Providing FAPE?; Your Roadmap to FAPE: Evans v. Rhinebeck;Caselaw about FAPE.

September 28, 2010 - The 411 on Evaluations, Tests and Measurements. Is Your Child Making Progress? How Do You Know?; Understanding Your Child's Test Scores; What is Your Bell Curve IQ?; Why Parents Should Get a Comprehensive Evaluation from an Independent Evaluator.

October 5, 2010 - Your Child Needs a SMART IEP. Help! I Need Good IEP Goals & Objectives!; A Game Plan for SMART IEPs; Writing Measurable IEP Goals; IEPs - What Does the Law Require?; In Memory of Reed Martin - A National Advocate.

Back to School Series 2010: Part 1- 6. Find information and advice, advocate's tips, and legal resources to help you start the school year off right.

October 12, 2010 - Who Makes Placement Decisions? New! 10 Tips About Placement; Parent Involvement in Placement Decisions; Appropriate Placement is NOT...; What Does Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) Mean?; Wrightslaw Conference in VA This Week, Register Today.

October 19, 2010 - Assistive Technology: A Key to Success. New Resource Page! Assistive Technology; Assistive Technology for a Struggling Notetaker; ISO AT Funding Sources; ISO AT Success Stories.

October 26, 2010 - Assistive Technology: Strategies for Success. Strategies for Assistive Technology Negotiations with the School; A Wrightslaw Family Success Story; IEP Special Factors: Communication Problems; E-Reader Edition of Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy; Need Help? Find an AT Evaluator.

November 3, 2010 - Military Family Appreciation Month. All Military Parents and Staff - Free Wrightslaw Boot Camp; Military and Department of Defense Special Education; New! Military Discount at Wrightslaw; Proposed $5 Million Voucher Program; Survey: Military Family and Individual Needs for Disability Supports.

November 9, 2010 - Crisis Management Step by Step. Events that Trigger Problems; How to Manage a Crisis with the School; Help! Is This IEP Goal Correct?; How to Disagree with the IEP Team Without Starting WW III; Need IEP Answers? Get Wrightslaw: All About IEPs.

November 16, 2010 - Phys Ed: A Requirement for Your Child's Special Education Program. New Page! Physical Education and Adapted PE; Common Misconception about PE for Kids with Disabilities; Equivalent Athletic Programs for Students with Special Needs; Why You Need to Ask "Dumb" Questions; 5 W's + H + E Questions.

November 23, 2010 - Paper Trails: How Good is Your Documentation? New Article! Tell the IEP Meeting Story from Your Point of View; Train Yourself to Write Things Down; Do It Now! Write Things Down When They Happen; How to Add Parent Input to the IEP.

November 30, 2010 - Fulfilling the Promise: 35th Anniversary of IDEA. Fulfilling the Promise of IDEA: What I Was Called to Do; The History of Special Education Law; IDEA - 35 Years Later; 35 Years of Progress; But for all of the Progress...Lingering Roadblocks.

December 3, 2010 - Fred Fay: A Life Worth Living. Celebrating the Life of Fred Fay, Pete's Cousin. Fred is widely recognized as one of the most significant leaders in the disability rights and independent living movements in the nation.

December 7, 2010 - Is ADHD a Learning Disability? Editorial: Pete Wright - the Dyslexic,ADD/ADHD Attorney. ADD/ADHD Can Result in Significant Learning Problems; Youth Achievement Award for Young People with ADHD & LD; Learning to Slow Down and Pay Attention.

December 14, 2010 - Special Education Topics: Quick Picks. Eligibility: Do Teachers Trump Psychologists?; Identification and Child Find: The Child Find Mandate in IDEA 2004; Bullying: What You Can Do if Your Child is Bullied or Harassed; Good Books Make Great Gifts.

December 21, 2010 - The Lighter Side of Special Ed. Where Do You Sit at the IEP Meeting? In Little Plastic Children's Chairs?; The Lighter Side of Special Ed: Parents and Kids; Uh-Oh! Special Ed Advocate Burnout; Do You Like These IEPs?; Give the Gift of Learning.

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