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 Trainint 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.