The Special Ed Advocate Newsletter
September 28, 2004

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ISSN: 1538-3202

In this Issue

1. Facing Facts on Reading

2. Reading@Wrightslaw for Parents & Teachers

3. Special Offer & Free Shipping Ends Tonight (9/28)

4. Do Reading Definitions in NCLB Apply to General Ed Programs?

5. NCLB for Attorneys & Advocates: Instruction, Research, Assessments

6. New Issue of The Beacon

7. Find Help in the Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities

8. Wrightslaw Programs in VA, OK, FL, NJ, OH

9. Subscription & Contact Info 

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Highlights: Facing facts on reading; info and resources about reading for parents & teachers; special offer & free shipping ends tonight (9/28); do reading definitions in NCLB apply to general ed programs; NCLB for attorneys & advocates - reading instruction, research, assessments; new issue of The Beacon: Journal of Special Ed Law & Practice; find help in the Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities; Wrightslaw programs in VA, OK, FL, NJ, OH. Download this issue of The Special Ed Advocate.

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1. Facing Facts on Reading

Most children with disabilities have deficits in reading. These children need intensive research-based instruction that targets their reading problems. But most children do not receive research-based reading instruction and do not learn to read proficiently.

According to the Nation's Report Card, 64 percent of 12th graders are not proficient readers when they leave school. Minority students and children with disabilities score much lower - just 16 percent of African American and 22 percent of Hispanic students are proficient by 12th grade. (U.S. Department of Education, Nation's Report Card, 2002)

What are the consequences of these alarming facts?

After they leave school, many young adults are unable to get jobs, attend college, or function in society.
Nearly 100 million adults lack the basic reading and math skills needed to function in our society. 44 million adults cannot fill out an application, read a food label, or read a simple story to a child. (National Institute for Literacy)

2. Reading@Wrightslaw! Information and Resources for Parents and Teachers

Visit Reading@Wrightslaw for reliable information about reading, reading disabilities, research-based reading programs, law and caselaw, certified language therapists, and more.

Does your child have reading problems? You'll want to read Sue Heath's answers to these questions from Doing Your Homework columns:

My Son Can't Read - What Can I Do?

How Can I Get Help for My Child with Reading Problems?

Teaching a Child to Read: Special Ed or Reading First?

Where Can We Find a Tutor Who is Knowledgeable about Research-Based Reading Instruction?

Does your child have a reading disability? Read these articles in Learning to Read -

How to Catch Children Before they Fail at Reading

What Every Parent Should Know About Dyslexia

Are you a teacher? You'll be interested in the articles in Teaching Children to Read -

Put Reading First: Building Blocks for Teaching Children to Read - Organized by topic (phonemic awareness instruction, phonics instruction, vocabulary instruction, fluency instruction, and text comprehension instruction), lists findings from the research, suggests how findings can be translated to practice.

Teaching Reading IS Rocket Science, What Expert Teachers Should Know and Be Able to Do published by the American Federation of Teachers.

Visit Reading at Wrightslaw today!

3. Special Offer & Free Shipping Ends Tonight

The special prepublication offer on the new DVD, Surviving Due Process - When Parents and the School Disagree - Stephen Jeffers v. School Board, ends at midnight on Tuesday, September 28.

Surviving Due Process: When Parents & the School Board Disagree takes you through a special education due process hearing, from initial preparation to testimony by the final witness. See exciting direct examination, dramatic cross-examination, objections, and arguments between counsel.

Free Shipping on ALL Wrightslaw Products!

When you order Surviving Due Process before midnight, Tuesday, September 28, you get free shipping on the DVD - and a free gift bag of microwave popcorn. You also get free shipping on all Wrightslaw books you order before midnight, Tuesday, September 28 (save $4.95 per book).

Details about this special offer and free shipping on all Wrightslaw products.

To place an online order, please go to https://www.wrightslaw.com/store/index.html

To order by fax, phone or mail, go to https://www.wrightslaw.com/bks/orderform.htm

4. Do Reading Definitions in NCLB Apply to General Ed Programs?

Question: "A school board member was told that the legal definitions of reading, essential components of reading instruction and scientifically based reading research in No Child Left Behind only apply to intervention programs, not to general education programs. Is this true? Can you tell me where to find this in the law?"

What do you think? What are the federal requirements about reading programs? What can parents do to ensure that schools in their community adopt programs that are based on "scientifically based reading research?"

In Do Reading Definitions in NCLB Apply to General Ed Programs? research editor Sue Heath fields questions about state and federal requirements for reading programs, and offers suggestions about how to frame the debate in your community. Do you want your school board to provide an education that does not meet national and state minimum standards?

In addition to writing about creative advocacy strategies in Doing Your Homework, Sue is co-author of Wrightslaw: No Child Left Behind (ISBN: 1-892320-12-6) published by Harbor House Law Press.

Many people - like this school board member - have received misinformation and conflicting advice about No Child Left Behind. If you are a parent, teacher, principal, administrator, child advocate, attorney, or school leader, you need to know what the law actually says. Wrightslaw: No Child Left Behind will help you find answers to your questions in the NCLB statute, regulations, and publications from the U. S. Department of Education. Learn more

5. NCLB for Attorneys & Advocates: Reading Instruction, Research & Assessments

NCLB for Attorneys and Advocates: Reading Instruction, Research & Assessments provides guidance about how to use NCLB to open doors for children with disabilities. Learn about reading, the essential components of reading programs, scientifically based reading research, and reading assessments. Read article

Learn more about No Child Left Behind.

6. The Beacon: Journal of Special Education Law & Practice

The Beacon is a multi-disciplinary electronic journal of special education law and practice from Harbor House Law Press. The Beacon publishes articles and essays for attorneys and advocates who represent children with disabilities and others who are interested in education legal topics.

Each issue of The Beacon focuses on a theme and includes practical and theoretical articles. The Fall 2004 issue of The Beacon focused on high-stakes testing and exit exams. The issue includes articles by attorneys and an advocate, and testimony from an expert about including students with disabilities in high-stakes testing.

Topics in previous issues include mediation and negotiation, documents and paper trails, expert witnesses, reading research and assessments, and the No Child Left Behind Act. To view previous issues, go to the Beacon Archives

Subscribe to The Beacon

7. Find Help in the Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities

The most common question we receive at Wrightslaw is "I need to find a . . . psychologist OR educational consultant OR tutor OR advocate OR attorney. Please help me!"

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 support groups.

These articles will help you find help or a helper:

What to Expect from an Evaluation of Your Child

Working with Independent Evaluators and Educational Consultants

Strategies to Find a Support or Study Group

Free Listings in the Yellow Pages: If you help parents get services for children (i.e., an evaluator, educational consultant, academic tutor, advocate, attorney, special ed school, etc.) or you facilitate a support or study group for parents, please submit an application be listed in the Yellow Pages for Kids. Send an email to app@yellowpagesforkids.com for more info. Listings in the Yellow Pages are free.

Help Others: Please print and distribute Flyers for Your State Yellow Pages for Kids.

8. Put a Wrightslaw Program on Your To-Do List

"The Wrightslaw Special Education Law Seminar in Michigan was a tremendously rewarding experience and will forever change our practice." - Bryan I. Eder, Esq., Chudnof & Eder, PLC

Wrightslaw legal advocacy programs focus on four areas: special education law, rights and responsibilities; tests and measurements to measure progress & regression; SMART IEPs; and advocacy tactics & strategies. Participants will receive two books, Wrightslaw: Special Education Law and Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, as part of their registration (Value: $59.90).

Mid-Atlantic: Virginia Beach, VA (November 12-13)

South Central: Oklahoma City, OK (December 4) FREE to Oklahoma parents & educational caregivers

South: Orlando, FL (January 21-22, 2005)

Mid-Atlantic: Cherry Hill, NJ (February 18-19, 2005)

Midwest: Cincinnati, OH (February 23-24, 2005)

Please don't procrastinate - register now! These programs are often "sold out" ahead of time.

No Child Left Behind Seminars

Sue Heath, co-author of Wrightslaw: No Child Left Behind, is providing training on No Child Left Behind. Sue also writes about creative advocacy strategies in her column, Doing Your Homework, which appears in The Special Ed Advocate Newsletter and on Wrightslaw.com. Learn more

f you are interested in bringing a Wrightslaw program to your community, please read FAQs about Seminars. (We are scheduling programs for Fall 2005 and 2006.)

9. Subscription & Contact Info

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