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 5, 2016 - 10 Reasons Schools Say "No!" - and Other Ridiculous Things. Gatekeepers: Their Job is to Say "No!"; Schools Say the Darnedest Things!' Help the School WANT to Help Your Child' When Disagreements Turn into Power Struggles.
January 12, 2016 - 2015 Progress Report...And A Thank You Note. Thank you from Wrightslaw; Annual Progress Report; Top 10 Articles; Top 10 Topics; Top 10 Cases; Top 10 Blog Posts
January 19, 2016 - Master of Deception: Dealing with Homework Refusal. Problem: Homework Refusal & Failure; Does Your Child Have Difficulty with Organization? Why are Test Scores So Important?; Assignment Refusal is Not a Discipline Issue.
January 26, 2016 - Response to Intervention: What is It? When Should it be Used? Confusion about RTI; The RTI Hurdle; Measuring Progress in RTI; What RTI Means for Your Child.
February 2, 2016 - Need an Evaluation but Stuck in RTI? What are Your Rights? RTI Should NOT Delay a Necessary Evaluation; Pete Explains the Law about RTI; Is Your Child Trapped in RTI?; Legal Definition of SLD.
February 9, 2016 - Does Your Child's IEP Have Appropriate Transition Goals? Transition Planning: Setting Life-Long Goals; Legal Requirements for Transition Services; Review the IEP and the Transition Plan; OSEP Guidance on Secondary Transition.
February 16, 2016 - Want Good Transition Goals? Use Age Appropriate Transition Assessments. What is My Parent Role in Transition Assessments?; IDEA Emphasizes Effective Transition Services; Transitional Programs in the Community; Transition Tests and Assessments.
February 23, 2016 - Will Your Child Receive an Alternate Diploma? Certificate Instead of Diploma - Is This OK?; Regular Diploma Requires Summary of Performance; Basic Ed Diploma Track; Transition to Life After School.
March 1, 2016 - W & Law School Institute of Special Education Advocacy (ISEA) 2016. Registration is Open. Download the application.
March 9, 2016 - Discrimination Case for Damages Evolves, Appeal to Supreme Court: Fry v. Napoleon. Ehlena and Her Wondrous Dog; Fry v. Napoleon: Supreme Court Considers New Special Ed Case; Coming Soon! Wrightslaw: Special Education Legal Developments and Cases 2015.
March 15, 2016 - Assessment 101: Why Tests and Assessments Matter! Assessments Will Answer These Questions; Using Tests to Uncover Learning Problems; How Do I Request a Multifactored Evaluation?; IDEA 2004: The Law About Evaluations.
March 22, 2016 - I Can Request School Records? I Never Knew That! Can I Request a Copy of the Files from my Child's School?; Reviewing & Requesting School Records; Sample Letters: How to Request Information; What are the Laws about Maintaining Records?
March 29, 2016 - What's the Plan for Next Year's IEP? The Annual Review. The Annual IEP Review; School Used the Annual IEP Review to Reduce Services- Can They Do That?; What's the Plan for Next Year's IEP?; IDEA 2004: Requirement for the Annual Review.
April 5, 2016 - Who Writes Next Year's IEP? Parent Participation. Landmark Case! Parent Participation at IEP Meetings; Your Written Opinion: The IEP Meeting from YOUR Viewpoint; Make the IEP Process Work for You: Document Everything!; Learn the Law and Regulations about Parental Role and Consent.
April 12, 2016 - Getting SMART IEP Goals: How-To Tips. How-To Get a Roadmap to the IEP; How-To Get an Appropriate Program: SMART IEP Goals; How-To Update the Present Levels; How-To Develop a SMART IEP.
April 19, 2016 - Something Not Working in the IEP? Review & Revision. You Can Request an IEP Review Meeting at any Time; There is No Limit to the Number of IEP Meetings; Problems That May Trigger Another IEP Meeting; All About IEPs - Review & Revision.
April 26, 2016 - Will You Join Us at ISEA 2016? Don't miss the opportunity to join us at ISEA 2016. Get the details, download the application, apply today!
May 3, 2016 - Graphing Evaluation Data: A Skill Parents MUST Master! Measuring Progress: Understanding Your Child's Test Scores; Graphing Evaluation Data; Learn to Use Statistics to Measure Change; What is Your Bell Curve IQ?
May 10, 2016 - Leveling the Playing Field: Do We Over Accommodate? If Teachers Over Accommodate, Do Students Under Perform?; Must Teachers Make Individual Accommodations? Join the Debate; Do Accommodations = Low Expectations?; Accommodations in the Classroom & on Tests.
May 17, 2016 - Alert! Wrightslaw: Legal Developments and Cases 2015. New book available now in the Wrightslaw Store.
May 24, 2016 - Meetings Your Child's Unique Needs - It's the Law! Checklist: Individualized IEPs; Purpose of IDEA is your Mission Statement; Unique Needs are Changing, We Need a New IEP!; Does Your Child Have Social Skills Needs?
May 31, 2016 - Exceptional Military Families on the Move. Military & DOD Special Education; Summer Camps for Military Kids; Military Discounts in the Wrightslaw Store; PCS Moves & Comparable IEPs.
June 7, 2016 - Good Grades=Not Eligible for IEP? Good Grades: Does My Child Still Need Specialized Instruction?; Struggling, but Making Good Grades - Is My Child Eligible for Support?; Can the School Terminate My Child's Eligibility?; What IDEA Says About Eligibility.
June 14, 2016 - Several Seats Still Available for ISEA. Get the details and download the application for the William and Mary Law School Institute of Special Education Advocacy (ISEA) on July 31 - August 5, 2016.
June 21, 2016 - Parent Observation in the Classroom. Parent Observation in the Classroom; Do I Have the Right to Observe My Child's Class?; FERPA: Family Education Rights and Privacy Act; Can Our Advocate Observe in the Classroom?
June 28, 2016 - Effective Advocacy Tools, Tricks, & Tips. Tips & Tricks for Getting Effective IEPs; Training for Experienced Advocates; 10 Tips for Good Advocates; Mistakes Advocates Make.
July 12, 2016 - Got Questions? Ask the Advocates! Should we threaten to sue the school over the placement decision?; Need to get organized before your next IEP meeting?; Should I hire an advocate?; What can I do to enforce IDEA?
July 19, 2016 - Summer School for Parents 2016: Session 1. Tape-Recording IEP Meetings, Transcribing Follow-up Letters. How and Why to Tape-Record Meetings; What Does the Law Say?; COMING SOON! A Guide to Helping Your Child at Home: Developing Foundational Skills in Reading and Writing by Diana Hanbury King; IEP Tips: Taping IEP Meetings; Homework Checklist.
August 2, 2016 - Summer School for Parents 2016: Session 2. Tape-Recording IEP Meetings, Transcribing Follow-up Letters. Writing Follow-Up Letters is Well Worth the Time; Sample Letter: Clarifying Issues at the IEP Meeting; Writing Good Evidence Letters; Homework Assignment: QUIZ.
August 16, 2016 - Summer School for Parents 2016: Session 3. Tape-Recording IEP Meetings, Transcribing Follow-up Letters. Follow-Up Letter Documenting Disagreement with the IEP; Your Follow-Up Letter Should...; Sample Letter: Disagreements with the School; Homework Assignment: Write a Letter.
August 30, 2016 - Summer School for Parents 2016: Session 4. Tape-Recording IEP Meetings, Transcribing Follow-up Letters. When to Write a Transcription Letter; How to Write a Good Transcription Letter; Rules of Adverse Assumptions; Summer School Certificate.
September 13, 2016 - Advocacy Tips: Back to School the Wright Way. Help the School WANT to Help your Child; Back to School Tips; 9 Ways to Boost Your Child's Attitude Before the Bus Arrives;Understanding the School - Learning the Rules.
September 20, 2016 - Download Your Back to School Checklist. Back to School Checklist; Manage Your Child's Case, Don't Just Go With the Flow; Do's & Don'ts of Parent Advocacy; 10 Tips for a Successful School Year.
September 27, 2016 - Hot Topic: School Bus Issues! Transportation in the IEP. Training in the IEP for School Bus Drivers; Don't Miss a Single Question: Get the Blog Delivered to your Inbox; US Dept of Ed Guidance on Transportation; Should My Child's IEP Include Transportation Services?
October 4, 2016 - Is ADHD a Learning Disorder? I've Been Told "No, It's Not!" - Discrimination Against Kids with ADHD; US DOE Releases Guidance on Civil Rights of Students with ADHD; Is a Child with ADHD Entitled to Special Ed Services?; Legal Resources, FAQS, and Info about ADHD; What Does the Law Say?
October 11, 2016 - Is Your Child Struggling? Find Out Why! Get a Comprehensive Evaluation by an Independent Evaluator; Types of Assessments; Evaluations by the School; All About Tests and Assessments.
October 18, 2016 - Should Schools Provide Test Results to Parents Before the IEP Meeting? Should Schools Provide Test Results - Before an IEP Meeting?; What Tests Should I Request?; Can the School Repeat the Same Evaluation within a Year?; What you Should Know about Evaluations.
October 25, 2016 - Measuring Educational Progress: What Test Scores Mean. Basic Principles of Tests and Measurements; What is Your Bell Curve IQ?; Why Should Parents Get a Comprehensive Evaluation?; Understanding Your Child's Test Scores.
November 1, 2016 - The IEP Team Must Consider Your Child's Communication Needs. Meeting Your Child's Communication Needs; Ensuring the Rights of Students with Hearing, Vision, and Speech Disabilities; IEP Pop-UP: IEP Goals for a Non-verbal Child; Special Factors in IEPs - Communication Problems.
November 8, 2016 - School Won't Recognize Dyslexia? When the School Says Dyslexia is Not a Learning Disability; IDEA Definition of Specific Learning Disability Includes Dyslexia; What the Law Says: 20 USC 1401(30); Teacher Resources for Dyslexia Screening.
November 15, 2016 - Teaching Students with Dyslexia to Read: The Problem with "One-Size-Fits-All" Programs. The Problem with "One-Size-Fits-All" Reading Programs; Sea of Change: Turnaround in Upper Arlington; Memories of Upper Arlington: Letter to the Stranger; The Jarron Draper Case; The Power of Parent Advocacy.
November 22, 2016 - Saluting our Military Families. Legal Issues for Military Families with Special Needs; Supporting our Troops: Andrews Middle School Student Council; IDEA Requirements When Military Children Move; Video: Comparable IEPs; Wrightslaw Military Discounts.
November 29, 2016 - Pete and Pam Answer your Questions about FAPE. Who is Responsible for FAPE?; FAPE is Not the BEST Education; Parents Prevail in FAPE Case: Phyllene v. Huntsville; New Guidance on FAPE.
December 6, 2016 - FAPE: Measuring Educational Benefit. Learn about Test Scores and Educational Benefit; How Do Judges Determine if a Child is Receiving FAPE?; Supreme Court to Hear New "Educational Benefit" Case; Retained Child Entitled to FAPE; FAPE Defined in IDEA.
December 13, 2016 - My School Doesn't Do 504 Plans. Will a Child Study Plan Work? Section 504 Prohibits Discrimination; Child with 504 is Failing - School Won't Help!; Legal? Child Study Intervention Plan Instead of IEP; Read More about Section 504.
December 20, 2016 - Where Do You Sit at the IEP Meeting? The Lighter Side of Special Ed. Where Do you Sit at the IEP Meeting?; Happy Holidays from Wrightslaw; Due Process Meetings "Befuddle" the School; Education Buzzwords - Image & Reality.