At Wrightslaw, our mission is to help you gain the knowledge and skills you need to navigate the confusing, changing world of special education.
1. Strategies to Resolve IEP Problems
The May 10 issue of The Special Ed Advocate featured the Wrightslaw Game Plan for SMART IEPs. You learned how to identify the child's needs and write measurable IEP goals, as required by IDEA 2004.
2. How to Use a Parent IEP Attachment by advocate Judy Bonnell
Confused at IEP meetings? Do you find that your questions are not answered? In How to Use a Parent IEP Attachment, advocate Judy Bonnell explains how to use a simple form to track your requests, the school's response, issues that were resolved and issues that are still on the table.
How to Use a Parent IEP Attachment.
Learn how the law about IEPs and IEP meetings changed under IDEA 2004.
More advocacy strategies.
3. How to Use Follow-Up Letters to Get Answers to Your Questions by advocate Pat Howey
In How to Use Follow-Up Letters to Get Answers to Your Questions, parent advocate Pat Howey tells you how to get the IEP team to answer your questions, avoid power struggles, deal with IEP meeting frustrations, and use your power wisely.
More Ask the Advocate articles by Pat Howey.
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5. Summer Schedule: Wrightslaw Programs in FL, GA, TX, KY
Wrightslaw offers a variety of special education law and advocacy programs taught by experts in the field of special education law and advocacy, including four free programs in Florida (but you must act fast)!
The Summer 2006 schedule includes these programs:
July 11, 2006 - Tallahassee (Leon County Dept of Health) - What You Don't Know About IDEA 2004 CAN Hurt You; sponsored by Florida Developmental Disabilities Council (FDDC) - Free!
July 13, 2006 - Tampa (Shriners Hospital) - What You Don't Know About IDEA 2004 CAN Hurt You; sponsored by Florida Developmental Disabilities Council (FDDC) - Free!
July 15, 2006 - Miami (Wayside Baptist Church) - What You Don't Know About IDEA 2004 CAN Hurt You; sponsored by Florida Developmental Disabilities Council (FDDC) - Free!
July 17, 2006 - Ft. Lauderdale (NSU/NOVA) - What You Don't Know About IDEA 2004 CAN Hurt You; sponsored by Florida Developmental Disabilities Council (FDDC) - Free !
August 3: Austin, TX - Special Education Law & Advocacy Training sponsored by Texas Parent to Parent, Speakers: Wayne Steedman and Pat Howey
August 15: Philadelphia, PA - Special Education Law & Advocacy Training sponsored by the North Penn Special Education Council. Speakers: Pete and Pam Wright
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