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. 9 Ways to Boost Your Child's Attitude Before the Bus Arrives by Jackie Igafo-Te'o
What can you do before your children leave for school to help them feel they can conquer anything?
In 9 Ways to Boost Your Child's Attitude Before the Bus Arrives, Jackie Igafo-Te'o of Bridges4Kids offers no-nonsense pointers that will help you eliminate the last-minute stress that comes with every weekday morning. Read article. (At the end of this article, you'll meet Jackie's amazing family.)
2. 10 Tips for a Successful School Year by Pat Howey
Help! School is starting. I want to make sure I have done my homework so this year is better than last year.
3. New! Early Intervention, Juvenile Justice, College, Military & DOD, More
You asked. We listened ... and took action.
Early Intervention (Part C of IDEA)
When the federal special education law was passed in 1975, Congress found that most children with disabilities were not receiving an appropriate education - and that millions were excluded from school altogether. Today, schools continue to suspend and expel students with disabilities for behaviors that are directly related to their disabilities. These children feel worthless, are labeled"failures," stop trying, act out, become depressed or delinquent, and/or end up in the juvenile justice system.
Military & Department of Defense (DOD) Education
Restraints and Abuse
4. Parent Advocacy: What You Should Do - and Not Do by Leslie Margolis, Esq.
As we send children back to school, parent attorney Leslie Margolis of the Maryland Disability Law Center has good advice for the parents of kids with disabilities.
Learn the five things you should do (and four things you should not do) in Parent Advocacy: What You Should Do ... and Not Do.
5. Special Ed Law & Advocacy Programs in MI, WA, NC, WV, OH, PA, IL - Boot Camps in FL & MD
Wrightslaw offers a variety of special education law and advocacy programs taught by nationally-known experts in the field.
The Fall 2006 schedule includes these programs.
September 22: Stevensville, MI - Special Education Law & Advocacy Training by Wayne Steedman and Pat Howey, sponsored by Autism in Berrien County Speaks. Register
September 30: Seattle, WA - Special Education Advocacy Training by advocate and paralegal Pat Howey, sponsored by the Snohomish County Developmental Disabilities Family Support Grant. How to Register
October 5: Winston-Salem, NC - Special Education Law & Advocacy Training by Pete and Pam Wright, sponsored by CenterPoint Human Services. Download Registration Form.
October 13: Wheeling, WV - Special Education Law Training by Wayne Steedman, sponsored by Augusta Levy Learning Center. Download Registration Form
October 17: Cleveland, OH - Special Education Law & Advocacy Training by Pete and Pam Wright, sponsored by The Up Side of Downs of Greater Cleveland. Download Registration Form
October 19: Erie, PA - Special Education Law & Advocacy Training with Pete and Pam Wright, sponsored by Voices for Independence. Download Flyer & Registration Form
October 28: Champaign, IL - Special Education Law & Advocacy Training by Wayne Steedman and Pat Howey, sponsored by the C-U Autism Network. Download Registration Form.
* Boot Camps *
November 4-5: Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Special Education Law & Advocacy Bootcamp by Wayne Steedman and Pat Howey, sponsored by the Unicorn Children's Foundation. Download Flyer & Registration Form
November 10-11: Columbia, MD - Special Education Law & Advocacy Boot Camp by Pete and Pam Wright, sponsored by the Howard County Autism Society. Download Flyer & Registration Form
6. Great New Autism Case - JP v. Hanover County Schools
In case you missed Friday's Alert about the new autism case, JP v. Hanover County, we wanted to provide the links again. (Many people advised that they were away from their email during the holiday weekend.)
7. Subscription & Contact Info
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