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Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd Edition
by Pam Wright & Pete Wright

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Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy - The Special Education Survival Guide, 2nd Edition by Pam Wright and Pete Wright (ISBN: 978-1-892320-09-4, 338 pages, perfect bound, $19.95).

"If I were asked to choose just one book to help me learn advocacy skills, this is it!" - Support for Families of Children with Disabilities

"A superb reference, From Emotions To Advocacy is highly recommended reading for parents of children in need of special education services ... it's filled with tips, techniques and a wealth of resources, from web sites to worksheets, forms, and sample letters …" Midwest Book Review

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 - Getting Started


Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd Edition is available in several formats:

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Note: When you order the From Emotions to Advocacy E-book and Book Combo, you'll receive a link to the e-book version immediately. Learn more about the e-book.

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How the Book is Organized

Section One: Getting Started

In "Getting Started," you will learn:

  • Basic advocacy skills
  • Supplies you need to get started
  • How to develop a master plan for your child’s education
Section Two: Advocacy 101

In "Advocacy 101," you will learn about:
  • Schools as bureaucracies and the rules of the game
  • Obstacles to success – school culture, myths, gatekeepers, and emotions
  • Common causes of conflict
  • Steps you can take to prevent or resolve problems
  • Events that trigger parent-school crises

Section Three: The Parent as Expert

In "The Parent as Expert," you will learn:

  • Why you must become an expert about your child’s disability and educational needs
  • How to organize your child’s file, step by step
  • How to use information from evaluations to understand your child’s disability
  • How to use test scores to monitor and measure your child’s progress
  • How to write SMART IEP goals and objectives

Section Four: Special Education Law

In "Special Education Law," you will learn about:

  • The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004 (IDEA 2004)
  • Findings and purposes of the IDEA
  • Definitions in the IDEA
  • Extended school year (ESY), child find, least restrictive environment (LRE), private placements, statewide assessments
  • Requirements for identifying children with specific learning disabilities - Discrepancy Formulas and Response to Intervention (RTI)
  • Evaluations, eligibility, IEPs, and placement
  • Prior written notice, procedural safeguards, mediation, due process hearings, appeals, discipline, and age of majority
  • Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act
  • The No Child Left Behind Act and implications for children with disabilities.

Section Five: Tactics and Strategies

In "Tactics and Strategies," you will learn about:

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