Date: November 6, 2006
Issue: 369
ISSN: 1538-3202

In this Issue

1. Most Powerful Advocacy Tool in IDEA 2004

2. What One Person Can Do (Do You Have a Free Hour?)

3. Be a Good Role Model for Your Kids - Vote!

4. Answers to Questions & Hotlines

5. Wrightslaw Programs in MD, OK, NC, DE - and CA!

6. Subscribe & Contact Info

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1. Most Powerful Advocacy Tool in IDEA 2004

Does the quality of special education services in your school district or state need to be improved? Are the educational needs of children with disabilities going unmet? Do special education teachers and related service providers need better training?

What are the special education outcomes in your state and school district? Graduation and dropout rates?

If the answer to any of these questions is "yes," you need to think about becoming a member of your state advisory panel.

As Sue Heath explains, "The most powerful tool in IDEA 2004 is also the most overlooked - the state advisory panel in IDEA ..." Read The Most Powerful Advocacy Tool in IDEA 2004 by Sue Heath.

Read more What You Need to Know About IDEA 2004 articles.

2. What One Person Can Do (Do You Have a Free Hour?)

Realistically, what can one person do to improve the education our children receive? Isn't it expensive and time consuming to make any real changes to the schools our children attend?

It's easier than you think.

"With very little time and absolutely no money, you can bring current, official, accurate information about law and education to many people in your community. There is a catch - you need to have a free hour." Learn how to get started in What One Person Can Do (Do You Have a Free Hour?)

Read more articles about reading, research based instruction, school improvement, and creative advocacy strategies by Sue in Doing Your Homework.

3. Be a Good Role Model for Your Kids - Vote!

Tomorrow, millions of people will go to the polls and cast their votes for candidates and on local and state issues. If you are the parent of a child with a disability, you need to join them.

Who is your child's most important role model? You are. If you do not exercise your right to vote, it is unlikely that your child will vote either.

When we vote, we exercise our power. Be a good role model for your kids tomorrow - Vote!

4. Answers to Questions & Hotlines

Have questions about the election? VOTE411.org is your "one-stop-shop" for election information.

At VOTE411.org, you can find your polling place, factual candidate information, information about voter ID requirements, absentee ballots, and more. VOTE411.org includes a nifty tool - a polling place locator. Type in your address and get the location of your poll.

Election Hotlines -
If you have a problem at the polls tomorrow, call this hotline: 1-866-OUR-VOTE. If you call this number on Election Day, you can speak with an expert who will help to ensure that all eligible voters can cast their ballots.

Español - El día de elección, el consejo nacional del la Raza tiene un teléfono directo bilingüe en 1-888-Ve-Y-Vota.

Para más información de la elección, visita Telemundo en http://telemundo.yahoo.com

5. Wrightslaw Special Ed Law & Advocacy Programs in OK, MD, NC, DE ... and CA!

Wrightslaw offers a variety of special education law and advocacy programs taught by nationally-known experts in the field.

The Winter schedule includes these programs:

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

FREE! December 5: Oklahoma City, OK - Special Education Law & Advocacy Training sponsored by Oklahoma Disability Law Center. Speakers: Pete and Pam Wright.

6. Subscription & Contact Info

The Special Ed Advocate is a free online newsletter about special education legal and advocacy issues, cases, and tactics and strategies. Newsletter subscribers also receive "alerts" about new cases, events, and special offers on Wrightslaw books. Subscribe

Contact Info

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Wrightslaw & The Special Ed Advocate
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