Special Ed Advocate Newsletter
In this issue
of The Special Ed Advocate,
we look at IEPs, Extended School Year (ESY), and highly qualified special
Highlights: Finding a tutor for a child with LD, educating educators; writing IEPs for success; support for school personnel and parent training in IEPs; how I got extended school year services after school said "no"; answering questions about extended school year (ESY) services; highly qualified special ed teachers; Wrightslaw programs in NH, IL, MI, HI; find help at Yellow Pages for Kids.
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1. Question of the Week: How Can I Find a Tutor for My Child with a Learning Disability?
"My son has dysgraphia. The school isn't helping him. How can I find a tutor who can help? How can I educate the educators?"
Learn why you need to get a comprehensive evaluation from an evaluator in the private sector, ways an evaluator can help, how to find a tutor, and how to educate the educators in:
2. Writing IEPs for Success
one-size-fits-all IEPs that are not tailored to a child's unique needs?
Feel intimidated at IEP meetings? Worried that your child is not making
progress in the special ed program? You are not alone.
"Most IEPs are useless or slightly worse, and too many teachers experience the IEP process as always time consuming, sometimes threatening, and, too often, a pointless bureaucratic requirement . . ."
"Parents who attempt to participate
as equals are often intimidated into acquiescence. They are given false
and outrageous distortions as, 'We (the district) don't provide individual
tutoring'; or 'We are a full inclusion school and have no special classes
or resource rooms because we don't believe in pullout programs'."
Dr. Bateman is an attorney and professor of special education. She is
the co-author of Writing
Measurable IEP Goals and Objectives and Why
Johnny Doesn't Behave: Twenty Tips for Measurable BIPs.
3. Support for School Personnel & Parent Training in the IEP by Susan Bardet, Esq.
"It's time for your son's annual IEP review, and you can't understand why Ryan is still receiving failing grades . . . You start to panic. What can you do?"
provides tools that IEP teams can use to help all children learn and succeed
in school. In many cases, the IEP can (and should) include support for
school personnel and training for parents.
4. Success Story: How I Got Extended School Year Services After the School Said No!
we attended our child's ESY Meeting, we were told that he did not qualify
for Extended School Year services because he did not meet the regression-recoupment
were not advised of any other criteria that may be used to determine if
a child is eligible for ESY."
We are collecting stories about successful advocacy from parents and advocates. We will post some of these stories on Fetaweb.com, the parent advocacy website as time permits.
you are interested in submitting a success story or strategy, please send an
email to: success | at | wrightslaw.com Note: Replace the |at| with @!
5. Answering Questions About Extended School Year (ESY) Services
Many parents have questions about Extended School Year (ESY) services. In Pete's 1993 ESY case, Daniel Lawyer v. Chesterfield School Board, Judge Spencer wrote, "Regression is not the only factor" in deciding if a child needs ESY services. The judge listed several additional factors that IEP teams should consider in making ESY decisions:
In addition to regression and recoupment, the judge discussed the need to take advantage of "windows of opportunity" in educating children with disabilities.
year after the decision in Lawyer, a Maryland federal court issued
a decision in Reusch
v. Fountain that included a discussion of the school districts
"hostility to providing ESY."
6. Are You a Highly Qualified Special Ed Teacher?
Are you a
special ed teacher who needs to find out how the "highly qualified"
teacher provisions in NCLB and IDEA affect you? The article and chart
below will help.
In What are the New IDEA 2004 Requirements for Highly Qualified Special Education Teachers?, learn about new requirements for highly qualified special education teachers, how to meet these requirements, and limitations on what you can do if you are not "highly qualified."
The National Education Association (NEA) developed a handy one-page chart (in pdf) that will answer many questions. Answer the questions on the Highly Qualified Teacher Chart to find out if you are a highly qualified special education under IDEA and NCLB.
7. Coming Up! Wrightslaw Programs in New Hampshire, Illinois, Hawaii
Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Training Programs focus on four areas: special education laws including significant changes in IDEA 2004; how to use the bell curve to measure educational progress & regression; SMART IEPs; and advocacy tactics & strategies.
Manchester, NH: May 6-7, 2005 (Boot Camp)
IL - May 13-14, 2005 (Boot Camp)
8. Need Help? Visit the Yellow Pages for Kids
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
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, submit an application be listed in the Yellow Pages for Kids. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for an application. Listings in the Yellow Pages are free.
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