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.
January 8, 2013 - 2012 Progress Report...and a Thank You Note! Wrightslaw Annual Progress Report; Top 10s for 2012: Articles, Topics, Cases, and Blog Posts.
January 15, 2013 - Answering Your Requests for Help. Find Help in Your State; Get a Free Listing on the Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities; User Guide: Learn How to Build Your Team; Help Others! Distribute Flyers for the Yellow Pages in your State.
January 22, 2013 - Smart Parent Advocacy: Asking Questions to Identify Solutions. What Works? How Will I Get the Services My Child Needs?; Ask Questions: Get Services; Don't Feel Guilty About Asking Questions; Learn to Ask the Right Questions at a Wrightslaw Training Conference.
January 29, 2013 - Transition: Planning for "Life". Transition Checklists: Transition Plan Components; Legal Requirements of Transition Plans; IEPs and Transition Planning; Preparing for the Workforce: Vocational Goals.
February 5, 2013 - Alert! Institute of Special Education Advocacy (ISEA) at William and Mary Law School. Registration Open.
February 12, 2013 - College & Continuing Education: Good Choices for Kids with LD. What Colleges are Best for Kids with LD?; IEPs Don't Follow Your Child Into College; Transition to Life After High School; College Accommodations: What are My Child's Rights?
February 19, 2013 - Response to Intervention (RTI): Eligibility for a Child with SLD. RTI Should Not Delay an Evaluation; The Legal Definition of Specific Learning Disability (SLD).
February 26, 2013 - Response to Intervention: Is Your Child "Trapped" in RTI? What To Do if Your are Stuck in RTI Purgatory?; Pete Wright Explains the Law about RTI; A Parents' Guide to RTI.
March 5, 2013 - Assessment: What Is It? Who Does It? An Overview of Testing and Evaluation; What To Expect from an Evaluation; Why Parents Should Get a Comprehensive Evaluation; What Does IDEA Say about Evaluations?
March 12, 2013 - Assessment 101: Common Types of Assessment. Different Types of Assessment: Who Does Them?; Most Commonly Used Tests of Reading; What You Should Know About School Evaluations; Think Spring! SALE 25% Off, ends March 13.
March 19, 2013 - Assessment 101: How Do You Choose a Good Evaluator? Choosing a Skilled Evaluator; Parents Ask: Can We Get an Independent Evaluation by an Evaluator of Our Choice?; Mistakes Independent Evaluators Should Avoid!; Reports from Evaluators: Should Parents Provide a Copy to the School?
March 26, 2013 - Graphing Evaluation Data: A Skill Parents MUST Master. Measuring Progress: Understanding Your Child's Test Scores; Graphing Evaluation Data: A Skill All Parents Must Master; Learn How to Use Statistics to Measure Change; What is Your Bell Curve IQ?
April 2, 2013 - What's So Important about Present Levels in the IEP? Present Levels - Needs - Goals: What's So Important about this Relationship?; Is Your PLOP a Flop?; Present Levels are a Critical Part of the IEP; Present Levels and Appropriate Placement.
April 9, 2013 - IEP Content? Goals? Services? Help! New IEP Pop-Up: Understanding the Basics of Developing Your Child's IEP; Now What? Are We Stuck With the IEP the Team Developed?; More IEP FAQs.
April 16, 2013 - IEP Checklist: Is Your Child's IEP Really Individualized? Individualized IEPs: What Does it Take?; Who's on the Team?; Get it Together for Your Next IEP Meeting; The Model IEP Form: Specific & Individualized.
April 23, 2013 - The Lowdown on Gearing Up For Summer Camp. Having Fun-Building Skills-Making Friends; Finding the Right Camp; Bridging the Gap with Reading; DIY: Finding a Summer Tutor or Program; Summer Reading for Parents in the Advocate's Bookstore.
April 30, 2013 - Negotiating for Extended School Year (ESY) Services. Does Your Child Qualify for ESY Services but the School Says "No"?; Having a Hard Time Getting ESY Answers from the School?; Did You Know? ESY is not Limited to Summer Months; Overcoming Roadblocks to ESY.
May 7, 2013 - Effective Strategies: Should We Sue the School? Should We Litigate? Should We Sue the School? File a State Complaint Under IDEA; Read the Rules of Adverse Assumptions in Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, Chapter 21.
May 14, 2013 - Alert! Legislative Advocacy: Restraint & Seclusion. This issue provides information about the Keeping All Students Safe Act HR 1893, a bill to protect all students nationwide from restraint and seclusion.
May 21, 2013 - Parent Power at IEP Meetings! Your Role? An Active Participant in the IEP Process; Do Not Give Away Your Decision-Making Authority at IEP Meetings!; Play Hearts, Not Poker! 8 Steps to Better IEP Meetings; Parents are NOT Part of the IEP Team...Say What?!.