The Special Ed Advocate Newsletter
August 22, 2002

Issue - 175

ISSN: 1538-3202

In this Issue

Help! Game Plan for New Parents

Paper Chase: Managing Your Child's Documents

Power Struggles, Meetings & Follow-up Letters

Flyer - Help for College Kids

Learning to Negotiate is Part of Advocacy Process

Advocacy Training in Richmond (Sept 16, 2002)

Free Pubs: Learning Disabilities, Bullying, Paraeducators, NCLB Act

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A s the new school year begins, it's time for a refresher course in effective advocacy. At Wrightslaw, we help you gain the information and skills you need to navigate the confusing world of special education and get services for kids with disabilities.

Highlights: Wrightslaw game plan for new parents; paper chase - managing your child's documents; power struggles, meetings and follow-up letters; help for college kids flyer; learning to negotiate is part of the advocacy process; advocacy training in Richmond; free pubs about learning disabilities, bullying prevention, paraeducators, and the No Child Left Behind Act.

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1. Help! Game Plan for New Parents

Charles writes, ?My son Daniel has learning disabilities and ADHD. Although Daniel receives special education services and has an IEP, his progress is minimal. We shared our concerns with the IEP team and asked for more help. We are not optimistic.? 

?All of this is new to us. What information should we read to become better advocates for Daniel??

Charles speaks for many parents. Our
Game Plan for New Parents will teach you where to put your energy and how to plan and prepare:


2. Paper Chase: Managing Your Child's Documents

If you have kids with special education needs, you can be overwhelmed by the paperwork in no time.

This article by Massachusetts attorney Bob Crabtree teaches you what documents are important and how to organize your child's documents. Learn how to use a log and create documents to prevent problems and get better services for your child.

Download Paper Chase: Managing Your Child's Documents at:


3. Tactics & Strategies: Power Struggles, Meetings & Follow-up Letters

Are you feeling powerless and frustrated? Parent advocate Pat Howey will teach you how to avoid power struggles, deal with IEP meeting frustrations, use follow up letters to get answers to questions - and how to use your power wisely.

Get Tactics & Strategies: Power Struggles, Meetings, & Follow-up Letters.


4. Help for College Kids- New Flyer from Wrightslaw

College-bound students need to learn self-advocacy skills - how to present information about their disability and accommodations so professors want to help. If students master these skills, they are more likely to make a successful transition from high school to college.

Download, print and distribute the Help for College Students with Disabilities Flyer for information about:

  • Rights and Responsibilities under Section 504
  • Planning and Preparation
  • Keys to Success

5. Learning to Negotiate is Part of the Advocacy Process

Vermont advocate Brice Palmer describes negotiating in advocacy; explains important rules, offers excellent advice about tactics and techniques.

Learning to Negotiate is Part of the Advocacy Process at:


6. 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. We are working to remove these obstacles.

On September 16, we will present a full day of advocacy training in Richmond. 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 for anyone who works with children in the special education system.

All registrants will receive Wrightslaw: Special Education Law book and the Virginia Special education Regulations. A buffet lunch will be provided at conference site. Fee: $60. Registration form.

For More Information . . .

Please call 804-355-0300 or 800-649-8481, email information@autismva.org or visit www.autismva.org. Please download and distribute the flyer designed by the Autism Program of Virginia.

Wrightslaw Seminars & Training Schedule

For information about training programs that are scheduled this year, please check our Seminars & Training page: https://www.wrightslaw.com/speak/index.htm

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

7. Free Pubs: Learning Disabilities, Bullying, Paraeducators, No Child Left Behind Act

You will find new "free pubs" about learning disabilities, bullying prevention, the No Child Left Behind Act, paraeducators, and more topics in our Free Pubs Library at: 


Council for Learning Disabilities, On Babies and Bathwater: Addressing the Problems of Identification of Learning Disabilities by Thomas E. Scruggs and Margo A. Mastropieri (2002)

Good article about issues surrounding the identification of students with LD, published in Learning Disability Quarterly, the scholarly journal of the Council for Learning Disabilities and made available by The Advocacy Institute.

Download in pdf: http://www.advocacyinstitute.org/resources/Babies_and_Bathwater.pdf

Northwest Regional Educational Library, Schoolwide Prevention of Bullying (2001).

30 percent of American children are regularly involved in bullying, as bullies, victims, or both (National Resource Center for Safe Schools, 2001). Approximately 15 percent are “severely traumatized or distressed” by bullies . . . Despite these numbers, bullying behavior is rarely detected by teachers, and is even less frequently taken seriously (NRCSS, 1999). This booklet provides an overview of what is known about bullying behavior and successful efforts to address it; profiles anti-bullying programs and offers resources.

Download in pdf (28 pages): http://www.nwrel.org/request/dec01/index.html

Education Commission of the States, Special Report: No State Left Behind: The Challenges and Opportunities of ESEA 2001 (2002).

Good resource that summarizes main provisions and requirements of the NCLB Act: accountability and assessment, reading and literacy, school choice, flexibility. Includes information about timelines and funding levels; states' readiness to implement the law; many links to other pubs.

Download in pdf: http://www.ecs.org/html/special/ESEA/pdf/esea3-.pdf

Northwest Regional Educational Library, Working Together for Successful Paraeducator Services: A Guide for Paraeducators, Teachers and Principals (2002).

As the numbers of paraeducators increase, concerns about preparation, training and instructional roles of paraeducators has increased. Standards about paraeducator roles, supervision and preparation are rare. This booklet describes what teachers, principals, and paraeducators can do to increase paraeducator effectiveness.

Download in pdf
: http://www.nwrel.org/request/may2002/paraeds.pdf

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