The Special Ed Advocate Newsletter
May 18, 2001

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1. What Is Your IEP IQ? 

To be an effective advocate for your child, you need to know the law. You also need to know how to use the law without starting battles that no one wins. 

Most parents and teachers get information about the law from training sessions, articles, advice on listservs, and informal discussions with others. Your knowledge can rise no higher than your source! 

As a parent or teacher, you must read the law. Reading and re-reading the law is the only way to understand legal rights, responsibilities, and issues. Read this new article and take our new IEP Quiz to test your knowledge about IEPs.

2. Sneak Preview: New Parent Advocacy Book

Our new book Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy - The Parent's Special Education Survival Guide will be published this summer by Harbor House Law Press. 

We thought you would like a sneak preview of the chapter about SMART IEPs.

NOTE: This Adobe Acrobat pdf file contains a background image. Some browsers may not be able to open this file while online. If you have this problem, you will see a black screen. If this happens, you need to download the file to your hard drive before you can view it. 

To save the file: Right click on the link. A dialog box will open that says "File Download" and then another dialog box will open that says "Save Target As . . . " and displays the directories on your hard drive. Download the file -- and remember where you filed it!

To read the Manual, you must have Adobe Reader software installed on your computer. Download the free Reader software

3. Emergency! Crisis! Help!

If you've been tempted to send an email to Wrightslaw that begins "HELP," you aren't alone. We get dozens of emails a day from parents who are in crisis, or who have very specific questions about their child's case. Unfortunately, we don't have the resources to answer your individual requests for information or help.

We wrote an article for parents who are in crisis -- and for parents who want to avoid a crisis. It 's important for parents to understand that they often damage their child's case by acting impulsively, reacting emotionally, or believing they must DO SOMETHING RIGHT NOW!

Download a copy of  Emergency! Crisis! Help!

4. Join Us on the "From Emotions to Advocacy Cruise" 

Do you want to learn more about special education advocacy? Join Pete and Pam Wright on the "From Emotions to Advocacy Cruise - A Very Special Cruise Seminar and Fund-Raiser for Special Education." 

For details and the itinerary.


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