Special Ed Advocate Newsletter
At Wrightslaw, our goals are to help you gain the information and skills you need navigate the confusing world of special education. In this Back to School issue, we help you get off to a good start this school year.
Planning is key to success; success story - plans are our safety
net; assertiveness & effective parent advocacy; managing your child's
documents; paper chase in The Beacon; advocacy training programs
in Indianapolis, Hartford CT, Virginia Beach, & Oklahoma City; help
& helpers in the Yellow Pages for Kids.
1. Back to School: Get Off to a Good Start
Good special education services are intensive and expensive. Resources are limited. If you are like many parents, you are confused about your responsibilities and your role.
You are the constant factor in your child's life. You represent your child's interests. If your child does not receive an appropriate education and master the skills necessary to be an independent, self-sufficient member of the community, you will deal with the outcome.
In this Back to School issue of The Special Ed Advocate, we help you get off to a good start. Learn steps you can take to ensure that your child receives quality, appropriate special education services.
2. Planning is the Key to Success
do you want your child to achieve this year? What are your long-range
goals for your child? What do you want your child to be able to do when
he or she leaves the public school system? What steps do you need to take
to help your child meet these goals?
A master plan helps you stay focused, anticipate problems, and prepare for the future. Your master plan will include goals for your child in academic and nonacademic areas hobbies, interests, sports, play, and friendships. Master plans are clear, focused, concise, and flexible.
Planning is the Key
to Success, you learn why you need to plan for the future,
elements of a master plan, and how to write a master plan for your child,
3. Success Story: Laura & Steve - Plans Are Our Safety Net
Laura and Steve have four children. Justin,
a child with autism, is their youngest. Laura and Steve describe how plans
keep them on track - and sane.
"What keeps us sane? Planning! I
cannot emphasize this enough . . ."
4. Assertiveness & Effective Parent Advocacy by Marie Sherrett
In Assertiveness and Effective Parent Advocacy, parent and advocate Marie Sherrett describes the joys and challenges of parent advocacy and shares observations about categories of parents.
"I find that parents of children with special education needs come in several categories:
Your Child's Documents by Bob Crabtree, Esq.
and paper trails.
6. The Beacon: Paper Chase
Paper Chase was the theme of the Fall 2001 issue of The Beacon: Journal of Special Education Law & Practice. The issue includes articles about how to organize, manage and use documents in special education litigation. Although each contributor developed different approaches, they agreed on several key points.
7. Put Wrightslaw Training on Your To-do List - IN, CT. VA, OK (Fall 2004)
Wrightslaw Special Education Law Seminar in Michigan was a tremendously
rewarding experience and will forever change our practice." - Bryan
I. Eder, Esq., Chudnof & Eder,
21-22: Hartford, CT (Mini Boot Camp - 9 hrs)
at these training programs will receive two books, Wrightslaw:
Special Education Law and From
Emotions to Advocacy, as part of their registration (Value: $59.90).
8. Need Help? Visit the Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities
If you are looking for help - or a helper
- visit the Yellow Pages
for Kids with Disabilities. Your state Yellow
Pages has many resources - evaluators, speech language therapists,
tutors, special ed schools, advocates, attorneys, organizations, and
to Find a Support or Study Group
9. Subscription & Contact Info
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