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 7, 2014 - ALERT! Eight Million Dollar Settlement in Student Abuse Case! New $8 Million Dollar Settlement in CA; Evans v. Antioch Unified School Dist. Complaint; 2005: Previous Record Settlement of $6.7 Million.
January 14, 2014 - Special Education Topics: Quick Picks. Wrightslaw Special Education Law & Advocacy Training Schedule; Multimedia Training on CD-ROM; Hot Topics: Diplomas & Transition Planning; Behavior; Evaluations & Test Scores.
January 21, 2014 - Self-Advocacy: Know Yourself, Know What You Want, Know How to Get It. Building Effective Self-Advocacy Skills: Taking Ownership; Meet Anthony: Self-Advocate and Student Trainer; Meet Josh: He Prevailed at Due Process; Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy; Advocacy Guide and Skill Builder.
January 28, 2014 - 2013 Progress Report...and a Thank You Note. Wrightslaw Progress Report; Top 10 Topic;, Top 10 Articles; Top 10 Caselaw; Top 10 Blog Posts in 2013.
February 4, 2014 - Powerful Advocacy Tools, Tips, Tricks...and Mistakes to Avoid. Tips and Tricks for Getting Effective IEPs; 10 Tips for Good Advocates; Mistakes Advocates Make; Your State Advisory Panel: A Powerful Tool.
February 11, 2014 - Institute of Special Education Advocacy (ISEA). This issue of the Special Ed Advocate announces the William & Mary Law Institute of Special Education Advocacy (ISEA) on applicable laws, ethics, best practices in advocacy, strategies in working with parents and schools, and dispute resolution procedures, taught by national leaders in the field. August 3 - August 8, 2014. Registration is Open for ISEA 2014!
February 18, 2014 - Getting Help for a Child with Behavior Problems. Getting Help for a Child with a Behavior Disorder; Functional Behavior Assessments (FBAs); IDEA Requirements for Functional Behavior Assessments; Aggressive Children: Will Special Ed Help?
February 25, 2014 - Can an IEP Address Behavior Issues? IEPs for Children with Behavior Problems; Behavior Related to Disability - What Does it Mean?; Behavior Problems and IEPs; Discipline in Detail.
March 4, 2014 - Behavior & Discipline: What are Schools Required to Do? School Responsibility for Providing FAPE; Improving School Discipline Policies; Assessments: Getting Good Diagnostics; Behavior Management & Appropriate School Response.
March 11, 2014 - What Does a Good Evaluation Look Like? Why Parents Should Get a Comprehensive Evaluation; Assessment 101: What is it? Who Does it?; What You Should Know About School Evaluations; Measuring Educational Progress.
March 18, 2014 - Need More Accommodations? Include a Health Care Plan in the IEP! Can We Include a Health Care Plan in My Child's IEP?; When Doing Your Homework Will Get the Results; Should My Child's IEP Include ALL the Services He Needs?; Getting Ready for IEP Season with Wrightslaw: 25% OFF SALE.
March 25, 2014 - Equal Parent Participation: Submit a Written Opinion to the IEP Team. How-To Write an Effective "Written Opinion"; Decision Maker v. Equal Participant; The Power of a Written Follow-up Letter; Get Organized Before Your Next IEP Meeting.
April 1, 2014 - Meeting IEP Goals: Do You Have Your Child's Progress Reports? Measuring Your Child's Progress & Getting Progress Reports; IDEA Requirements about Progress; Making Progress: Now the School Wants to Switch Programs?; Not Making Progress: What Can I Ask the School to Do?
April 8, 2014 - Why is Writing Good IEP Goals So Difficult? Help! I Need Good IEP Goals; Is There a Limit to the Number of IEP Goals?; Developing a Master Plan for IEPs; Who Can Override an IEP?
April 15, 2014 - Endless Problems with IEPs? How to Resolve Disputes. Get a Handle on IEP Team Disputes; Avoiding Methodology Disputes; Don't Agree with the School's IEP?; Can a General Ed Teacher Duck Out Early from the IEP Meeting?
April 22, 2014 - Getting Good IEPs: Why Tests and Assessments Matter! Assessments Will Answer These Two Questions....; What Reading Tests Measure; IDEA 2004: The Law about Evaluations; Comprehensive Evaluations: A Roadmap for the Future.
April 29, 2014 - FAQs: Tests and Assessments - IQ Scores. IQ Scores Dropping - What Can I Do?; What are the "Matthew Effects?"; Using the Bell Curve to Interpret Test Results; What Tests Should I Request?
May 6, 2014 - Alert! Special Prepublication Offer for Wrightslaw: All About Tests and Assessments. Find the special pre-publication offer for Wrightslaw: All About Tests and Assessments, Answers to Frequently Asked Questions. This book is the newest publication in Wrightslaw's All About Series.
May 13, 2014 - FAQs: Evaluations, Tests, and Assessments. Testing for Dyslexia - What Tests to Use?; What Should an Evaluation for Articulation and Phonological Disorders Include?; Executive Function: Impact on Math Skills; Are You Stuck in RTI Purgatory When the School Refuses to Evaluate.
May 20, 2014 - Alert! Final Day for Special Pre-publication Offer of Wrightslaw: All About Tests and Assessments! 25% OFF special pre-publication offer for Wrightslaw: All About Tests and Assessments, Answers to Frequently Asked Questions, ends today. This book is the newest publication in Wrightslaw's All About Series.
May 22, 2014 -William and Mary Law Institute of Special Education Advocacy (ISEA). Open registration closes June 30, 2014. Apply today!
May 27, 2014 - Need Help? Visit the Yellow Pages for Kids. Get Help in Your State;Help Others: Apply for a Free Listing in the Yellow Pages; Finding an Evaluator: What Education and Training Must an Evaluator Have?; User Guide: Learn How to Build Your Team.
June 3, 2014 - Top 5: Topics, Articles, Blog Posts. This issue has links to the five most popular topics, articles, and blog posts in the last six months. Feel free to share the Top 5 with other friends, families, or colleagues.
June 17, 2014 - Summer School 2014 Part 1: Parent Participation at IEP Meetings. Failing to Include a Parent at IEP Meetings Violates IDEA; Parents are Not Members of the IEP Team - Say What?!; Parents are Equal Partners with School Personnel; Learn the Law and Regulations about Parental Role and Consent; Homework Checklist.
July 1, 2014 - Summer School 2014 Part 2: Identifying Problems, Clarifying Issues. Plan and Prepare for the IEP Meeting; No One Likes Surprises at IEP Meetings! Learn How to Write a Parent Agenda; Use a Parent Agenda to Tell Your Child's Story; Homework Checklist and Assignment #1.
July 15, 2014 - Summer School 2014 Part 3: Taking Control at IEP Meetings. Focus the Team on the Important Issues with an IEP Meeting Worksheet; When Information is Withheld or Not Provided - Ask Questions!; Skill Check: Honing the Art of Asking Questions; Homework Checklist.
July 29, 2014 - Summer School 2014 Part 4: Maintaining Control at IEP Meetings. Parent IEP Attachment: A Powerful Tool to Keep the IEP Team on Track; 25% OFF Summer Sale Ends July 30; Adding Parent Input to the IEP; Homework Checklist.
August 19, 2014 - Summer School 2014 Part 5: IEP Meeting Strategies. How Can I Get the IEP Team to Take My Suggestions Seriously?; Does Your School's PWN Form Meet IDEA Requirements?; Written Opinions: A How-To Manual; Homework Checklist.
August 26, 2014 - Summer School 2014 Part 6: Asserting Your Parent Rights. I am NOT Powerless! I am a Parent Advocate!; Your Role? An Active Participant in the IEP Process; Assertiveness and Effective Parent Advocacy; Your Summer School 2014 Certificate.
Summer School 2014: Parts 1-6. Summer School is a refresher course in effective advocacy techniques that will include a series of activities (and maybe an assignment or two) to help you prepare for the next school year.
In this six part self-study series for Summer School 2014, Parent Rights & Responsibilities in the IEP Process, you will learn to see your role in the IEP process as equally important as the educational professionals. You will learn:
September 9, 2014 - Download Your Back to School Checklist. The Back to School Checklist; Get Off to a Good Start; Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, Your Back to School Survival Guide; Go Positive This Year!
September 16, 2014 - Solving Problems with the School. How NOT To Roar Through School Meeting sin a Mack Truck; Learning to Negotiate is Part of the Advocacy Process; Resolving Parent-School Disputes; What Parents Should...and Should NOT Do!
September 23, 2014 - Parents as Special Education Project Managers. Become Your Child's Special Education Case Manager, Don't Just "Go with the Flow"; Effective Project Manage Skills for Parents; Mistakes Parents Make; I Don't Agree with the IEP Team, What Should I Do?
September 30, 2014 - Evaluations: What to Do When the School Balks. Does the Law Require a School to Test Your Child?; School Resistance to Parent Requests for Evaluations; IDEA: Criteria for Evaluations; How Many "Days" is 60 Days?
October 7, 2014 - How Independent is a "School Approved" Evaluator? How Can We Get an Independent Evaluator of Our Choice?; Must Parents Choose from a School's List?; Wrightslaw: All About Tests and Assessments, Chapter 4; Can the District Limit What They Will Pay for an IEE?
October 14, 2014 - Looking for an Evaluator? Visit the Yellow Pages for Kids. Check Your State Listings for Evaluators; Tips for Building a Well Developed Team; Ad a Support or Study Group to your Team; Help Others! Get a FREE Listing; Become a Sponsor on the Yellow Pages.
October 21, 2014 - We Need Your Advice! Creative Ideas & Website Satisfaction Survey. We are asking you to participate in our Website, Newsletter, and Product Survey. Because your time is valuable, after you complete the survey, you can download a little gift as our appreciation for your advice, help, and support.
October 28, 2014 - Protecting Students from Bullying & Harassment. New Article! When Teachers Bully; School Obligations When Bullying Means Denial of FAPE; Bullying, Confidentiality, and a Parent's Need to Know, Section 504 Prevents Disability-Based Harassment
November 4, 2014 - Legal Requirements for IEPs: Specific & Individualized. Download the Checklist for Individualized IEPs; IEP Services: What, When, Where & How Long?; Present Levels, the Right Track to IEP Placement & Services; Should My Child's IEP Include ALL the Services He Needs?
November 11, 2014 - Military Family Month. When Your Child is Entitled to a Comparable IEP; Want a Good Special Ed Program? Go Shopping; Thank You Third Graders, Lyon Elementary School, Republic, MO for Thank You Letters to American Soldiers; Military & DoD Special Education; Military Discounts at Wrightslaw.
November 18, 2014 - What Parents Should Do When Services in the IEP are NOT Delivered. Replacing Lost Services; Are Missed Services a Denial of FAPE?; Compensatory Time for Lost Services; Get it Together for your Next IEP Meeting with the Wright Tote IEP Kit.