Date: Sept. 12, 2006
Issue: 365
ISSN: 1538-3202

In this Issue

1. The Paper Chase: Managing Your Child's Documents

2. Why Do Schools Draw Lines in the Sand?

3. What You Need to Know about IDEA 2004

4. Wrightslaw Programs in NC, WV, OH, PA, IL
Boot Camps in FL & MD

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1. The Paper Chase: Managing Your Child's Documents Under the IDEA by Bob Crabtree, Esq.

"Do the hard jobs first. The easy jobs will take care of themselves."- Dale Carnegie

If you have kids with special educational needs, you can be overwhelmed by the paperwork in no time at all.

From the beginning of school to the time your child graduates or "ages out" of special ed services, you'll find that IEPs, evaluations, progress reports, correspondence, notes, journals, work samples, and medical records are likely to fill several drawers of a file cabinet or take up most of your storage space.

What do you need to keep? For how long? Why?

Read The Paper Chase: Managing Your Child's Documents
by parent attorney Bob Crabtree to find out.

More Articles by Bob Crabtree

Mistakes People Make – Parents - Because the stakes are so high, it is difficult for parents of children with special educational needs to advocate calmly and objectively for the educational and related services their children need. Read this article to learn about the mistakes parents make.

Mistakes People Make - School Districts - Anything a school system does that undermines parents' trust creates a climate that is costly in dollars, time, peace of mind, and the quality and success of services given to the child. This article describes the most common mistakes school systems make.

Related Articles

The File - Do It Right! (from Chapter 9 in Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy)

Your Master Document List (in pdf)

2. Why Do Schools Draw Lines in the Sand? Different Perspectives, Power Struggles, Threats, and Advocacy Strategies by Pat Howey

When you have a child with a disability, you must expect occasional disagreements with the school. Schools are in the educational decision-making process for the short-term. As a parent, you are in it for the long-term.

Learn about power, responsibility, and how to be an equal member of the team in Why Do Schools Draw Lines in the Sand?

More Articles by Pat Howey

Parent Threats: Refusing to Sign the IEP - Pat has advice for a parent who is refusing to sign the IEP until the school provides the services she wants.

Why You Need to Ask "Dumb Questions" - In this light-hearted article, Pat explains why parents need to ask questions and shares some questions she was too "dumb" to ask when her daughter entered school.

Read more articles by Pat Howey in Ask the Advocate.

Related Articles

How to Disagree with the IEP Team Without Starting WW III. Pete answers questions about IEPs and how to disagree with the IEP team without starting World War III. Learn about the Rules of Adverse Assumptions, how to use tape recording and thank you letters to clarify issues, and how to deal with an IEP team bully.

When Parents and Schools Disagree - Ruth Heitin, an independent educational consultant, describes common areas of disagreement between parents and schools and offers suggestions and strategies to handle these problems:

Learn how to anticipate problems, manage conflict, and avoid crises in Advocacy 101.

3. What You Need to Know about IDEA 2004

To be an equal participant in the IEP process you need to be informed.

Get the topic briefs and model forms for IDEA 2004 published by the U.S. Department of Education

The U. S. Department of Education released the IDEA 2004 regulations in early August. We reformatted the regulations and broke them into subparts to make them easier to read. Get your free copy of the IDEA Regulations

What You Don't Know About IDEA 2004 Can Hurt You! - The authorization of any new law brings differing interpretations and questions. Learn about significant changes in IDEA 2004 and how to use the law to get improved special education services for your child.

Go to IDEA 2004 at Wrightslaw for more information about the reauthorized law.

4. Special Ed Law & Advocacy Programs in 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.

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

2006-2007 Schedule l Program Descriptions l Online Training

We are now scheduling programs for 2007 and 2008. If you are interested in bringing a Wrightslaw program to your community, please read the Conference Information.

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