The Special Ed Advocate Newsletter
August 5, 2002

Issue - 173

ISSN: 1538-3202

In this Issue

How I Got the School to Change My Child's Program & Placement

NCLB Act: Schools Must Measure Progress & Report Results to Parents

Summer Sale! Free Shipping & Discounts on Combos

Employment Law Protections for Parents of Disabled Children

Advocacy Training in Richmond VA (Sept 16,2002)

Do You Need a Glossary of Terms?

Special Education Practice in VA (August 22, 2002)

Subscription & Contact Info

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At Wrightslaw, our goals are to help you gain the information and skills you need to navigate the confusing world of special education. In this issue, we look at damages, discrimination and Section 504.

Highlights: New success story - how I got the school to change my child's program and placement; NCLB Act - schools must measure progress & report progress to parents; free shipping & discounts during summer sale; employment law protections for parents of disabled and sick children; advocacy training in Richmond; glossaries of special ed legal and assessment terms; Special Education Practice in Virginia CLE.

The Special Ed Advocate newsletter is free - please forward this issue or the subscription link to your friends and colleagues so they can learn about special education law and advocacy too. We appreciate your help!


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1. Success Story: How I Got the School to Change My Child's Program & Placement

Debbie writes, "My 7 year old son Kevin has autism and is a "regular ed" first grade. On standardized testing in reading and math, he was a grade level behind - yet the teacher says he made 'good progress'."

"I knew that Kevin's progress next year would hinge on his placement in a visually rich program."

"Fortunately, there is just such a teacher/room in our district. The problem? He could not be placed in her class. For three months, I met with his teacher, the director of special ed, the principal, the district superintendent, and the Board of Education - all refused to place Kevin in the visual program, deferring to the recommendation of last year's teacher.

" Finally, I requested a due process hearing. You will never guess what happened next . . ."

Read Win-Win Solution: How I Got the School to Change My Child's Program and Placement -


Success Stories!

Learn how parents are using information from Wrightslaw and common sense to resolve problems and get better services for their children. In our new Success Stories Section, you will meet -

* A mom who used the school's test data to support her request for an ABA program,
* A parent who learned that asking the right questions
is a key to successful advocacy;
* A dad who used OCR to get compensatory education for his son

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2. No Child Left Behind Act Schools Must Measure Progress & Report Results to Parents

On July 24, Secretary Rod Paige sent a letter to state and local education leaders throughout the nation about the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act.

Schools must measure each child's progress every year and must report the results to the child's parents and to the public. Yes, this requirement applies to children in special education.

To learn about these requirements, read Schools Must Measure Progress & Report Results to Parents at


To learn more about this new law, read The No Child Left Behind Act - What Does It Mean to You?


3. Summer Sale! Free Shipping & Discounts on Combos

To make August a little easier, we offer good deals, great deals and super deals in our Summer Sale!

Free Shipping on All Books- Save $4.95  

Between July 30 to August 15, 2002, Harbor House Law Press is offering FREE SHIPPING on all Wrightslaw books!  

Free Shipping & Discounts on Combos - Save $9.95 or $14.95!

When you order Wrightslaw: Special Education Law and Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, you save $9.95 ($5.00. on the books and free shipping at $4.95) 

When you order the deluxe edition of Wrightslaw: Special Education Law with the Special Education Law CD ROM (retail: $39.95) and Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy (retail: $29.95), you save $14.95 ($10.00 on the books and free shipping).

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4. Employment Law Protections for Parents of Disabled & Ill Children by Loring Spolter, Esq.

"Parents of children having disabilities and serious medical conditions are at high risk for employment discrimination."

"The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is a federal law which provides important job protections to parents who take time off from work to be with children receiving medical and psychiatric care or are recuperating from serious health concerns."

"The law permits mothers and fathers to take unpaid leaves of absences from work - with the promise of having jobs to come back to. With FMLA, parents can take time off from work when their children are hospitalized or are confronted with "serious health conditions" requiring routine appointments with medical doctors, mental health counselors, physical therapists, speech therapists and other professionals."

Attorney Loring Spolter describes qualifying conditions, leave, protections, advanced notice, wages and benefits, awards and damages under FMLA. He also provides a useful FMLA Leave Checklist and advice about finding an attorney in your area.

Read Employment Law Protections for Parents of Disabled & Ill Children at -


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5. Wrightslaw Advocacy Training in Richmond, VA - September 16, 2002

Parents of children with disabilities encounter many obstacles when they advocate for their children. Two obstacles are isolation and lack of information.
On September 16, we will present a full day of advocacy training. You will learn about:

* Special education law, rights and responsibilities;
* How to use the bell curve to measure progress & regression;
* How to use tactics & strategies for effective advocacy.

This advocacy training workshop is appropriate for anyone who works with children who receive special education services.


All registrants will receive Wrightslaw: Special Education Law and the Virginia Special education Regulations. A buffet lunch will be provided at conference site.
The fee is $60.00 per person. Registration form.

Please download and distribute the flyer designed by the Autism Program of Virginia.

Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy will be available for purchase at the workshop.

For More Information . . .

Please call 804-355-0300 or 800-649-8481, email information@autismva.org or visit www.autismva.org.

This program is sponsored by The Autism Program of Virginia, in association with The Arc of Central Virginia and Virginia chapters of the Autism Society of America.

Wrightslaw Training & Seminars

For information about training programs scheduled over the next few months, please check our Seminars & Training page at https://www.wrightslaw.com/speak/index.htm

If you are interested in learning how to get Pete & Pam Wright to your community, please read our FAQs about Seminars at https://www.wrightslaw.com/speak/faqs.htm

What People Are Saying . . .

"Thank you for the most informative seminar I have ever attended. I learned so much!"
- Linda from Colorado

"For me, the most important part of the seminar was learning to put my emotions behind me." - Bobbi from Colorado

"Thank you for the enjoyable, insightful, and motivating presentation on the law. Pete, I wish my son could have heard the part of the presentation about your school experiences. You should do a video for students with dyslexia!" - Jil from Florida

6. Do You Need a Glossary of Terms?

Do you teach a class about special education or special ed law? Are you looking for definitions of legal and special ed terms?

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Do you teach a class about testing? Assessment? Do you have questions about testing terms? Get our Glossary of Assessment Terms:

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7. Special Education Practice in Virginia: August 22, 2002

The Virginia Legal Advocacy Center will offer its special education CLE, Special Education Practice in Virginia, in Richmond on August 22, 2002.

The program carries 7 CLE credits, including 2 ethics credits, and 3 Guardian ad litem credits. The training is geared toward attorneys, advocates, and parents considering or involved in due process.

Get more information about Special Education Practice in Virginia at:


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