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Alert! Pete on Justice Talking; Wrightslaw Special Ed Program in Michigan

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Justice Talking

Wrightslaw Special Ed Training in Macomb, MI on Nov 12, 2005


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Pete Wright on Justice Talking; Wrightslaw Special Ed Law & Advocacy Training in Macomb, MI

Pete Wright was a guest on NPR's Justice Talking, the weekly public radio program on legal issues and public policy. The topic was A Special Look at Special Education.

Moderator Margo Adler asked: "Whose job is it to educate students with special needs? What is the reality of special education?"

Pete said, "In large parts of the country, school districts say to parents, 'This is all we have to offer for your child, take it or leave it' and a line is drawn in the sand."

Justice Talking: A Special Look at Special Education

Program Description: "This fall the U. S. Supreme Court will examine the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, the law that requires school systems to develop individualized education programs for children with mental and physical disabilities."

"As the Court looks at how to resolve disputes between parents and schools, Justice Talking will take a special look at special education: Is the special ed system working for students? For schools? For families? For taxpayers?"

Find out which stations will carry the show and when. (For example, in the DC area, the show airs on WETA at 90.9, on Sunday, November 6 at 4 p.m.)

You can also click this link to listen to the show.

Other guests were:

Alicia Broderick, assistant professor of Education in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching at Teachers College at Columbia University

Patti Ralabate, senior professional associate for Special Needs with the National Education Association. She authored Meeting the Challenge: Special Education Tools that Work for All Kids and co-authored The New IDEA Survival Guide.

Sarah Mead is a fellow with the Progressive Policy Institute's 21st Century Schools Project and a senior policy analyst with Education Sector, an independent Washington, DC-based think tank focused on Education Policy.

Wrightslaw Special Ed Law and Advocacy Training in Macomb, MI (November 12, 2005)

lease join Pete and Pam Wright for a Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Program in Macomb/St. Clair County, Michigan on Saturday, November 12, 2005. Download this Alert.

This Wrightslaw program is sponsored by the Macomb Chapter of Autism Society. The program will be held at Macomb Intermediate School District, 44001 Garfield, Clinton Township, MI 48038.

"I thoroughly enjoyed your presentation last weekend. Your delivery was so engaging that I lost all track of time. You gave me a great boost. Thank you for an enlightening and stimulating presentation!" - Marie

Program Overview

This program will focus on four areas:

* special education law, rights and responsibilities
* tests and measurements to measure progress & regression
* introduction to tactics & strategies for effective advocacy

You will learn about key changes in IDEA 2004 including:

* New requirements for initial evaluations, reevaluations, parental consent
* New requirements for measurable IEP goals, IEP teams, revising IEPs
* New eligibility issues for students with specific learning disabilities
* New procedural requirements and timelines, including the Due Process Complaint Notice and Resolution (IEP) Session

Download conference brochure & registration form.

This program is designed to meet the needs of parents, educators, health care providers, advocates, and attorneys who represent children with disabilities regarding special education, and is not disability specific.

"Thank you for sharing so much incredible information, and for sharing yourselves. I enjoyed your complimentary styles of getting information to your audience. You truly seem to be a Ying and Yang combo." - Barb


Your registration fee includes two books, Wrightslaw: IDEA 2004 and Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy (Retail Value: $35.)

You will also receive a complimentary copy of 10 Tips: How to Use IDEA 2004 to Improve Education for Children with Disabilities by parent attorney Wayne Steedman, Esq.


ASA Member: $90.

Both Parents (1 set of books): $125.

Optional box lunch: $10.00

Please download and distribute the registration form.

CEUs: .05 SB-CEU's are available for a fee of $10.00

Questions? Contact Annette Duda (586) 447-2235 or

For more information about this program, including logistics, directions, and accommodations, please check the Macomb/St. Clair County conference page.

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

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If you know others who may be interested in attending this program, please send them this Alert.

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Post the brochure at school or work. Send copies to your friends, family members and your favorite teachers. Send the link to the conference info page to friends and listserv members in Michigan and neighboring states.

We hope to see you there!

"What a marvelous conference! I often leave sped presentations angry and/or guilty because of all the things that were done or not done. This time I left encouraged, inspired and armed!" - Melissa from MD

Wrightslaw Seminars & Training Programs: 2005

To learn when we are coming to your area, please check the Schedule.

Conferences are being booked for 2006 and 2007. To learn how you can bring a Wrightslaw program to your community, please go to Seminars and Training. Program Descriptions

Wrightslaw Special Education Law & Advocacy Programs are designed to meet the needs of parents, educators, health care providers, advocates, and attorneys who represent children with disabilities. Our goal is provide individuals with the knowledge and skills to advocate effectively for children with disabilities.

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