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Special Ed Advocate Archives: 2007

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The Special Ed Advocate is a free online newsletter from Wrightslaw. The newsletter provides accurate, up-to-date information about special education legal and advocacy issues. Our goal is to help readers navigate the confusing world of special education and get quality services for children with disabilities. Mission.

The 2007 Archives includes links to all issues of The Special Ed Advocate newsletter and Alerts published this year. To read issues published since April 1998, please visit the
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January 2, 2007 - Parental Rights Case & Effective Advocacy. New newsletter format; Winkelman v. Parma case about parental rights; Planning for Effective Advocacy.

January 18, 2007 - Annual Progress Report . Top 10 articles, top 10 topics, and top 10 cases for 2006.

January 24, 2007 - Independence and Self-Sufficiency. Rebutting Rowley? K.L. v. Mercer Island (WA) School District; Will NCLB Be Reauthorized This Year?

January 30, 2007- Reading Difficulties and Reading Research. Preventing Reading Difficulties and Reading Failure; Specific Learning Disabilities: Discrepancy and Response to Intervention Models; How Does RTI Work; Highly Recommended Florida Center for Reading Research.

February 05, 2007 - 2006 Tax Benefits for Parents of Children with Disabilities. Did you know that "Special instruction or training or therapy... may be deductible?"; How to Plan for the Future and Get Your Records in Order; Organizing Your Child's File.

February 13, 2007 - Transition Planning. Making the Transition; Setting Lifelong Goals, Preparing for Employment; K.L. v. Mercer Island School District.

February 20, 2007 - Accommodations and Modifications, High-Stakes Testing. Website Satisfaction Survey; Do Teachers Have to Provide All Accommodations in the Child's IEP?; Aren't Modifications for One Child Unfair to Other Children?; Do the laws prohibit schools from providing accommodations on high stakes tests?; What qualities do good special education teachers share?

February 27, 2007 - Bullying, Confidentiality & Parent's Need to Know. Preventing Bullying; Protecting Students; Supreme Court cases updates.

March 13, 2007 - IDEA 2004: Roadmap to the IEP. Can the IEP Team Prepare a "Draft IEP" Before an IEP Meeting?; IEP Resources; 2006 Tax Benefits for Parents of Children with Disabilities.

March 21, 2007 - Test Scores and FAPE. How to Use Test Scores to Measure Educational Progress and FAPE; concerns about special education, assessments, and projective personality testing; the Lighter Side of Special Ed: Parents and Kids.

March 29, 2007 - SMART IEPs. Tactics and Strategy; What Can I Ask the School to Do to help my child learn to read?; The Lighter Side of Special Ed; Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities.

April 3, 2007 - J.D. v. Atlanta Public Schools. "A Lesser Spirit Would Have Been Crushed Long Ago"; legal decisions and issues; Is Dyslexia a Specific Learning Disability Under IDEA?; Helping Children Learn to Read; Reading Rockets.

April 10, 2007 - Homework and School Failure. Can I demand that teachers give me his homework assignment?; How to Resolve Problems and Protect Parent-School Relationships; Draft IEPs; Tax Benefits.

April 17, 2007 - Bullying and School Safety. What Can I Do If My Child Is Being Harassed At School?; School-based Anti-Violence Program; Positive Behavior Supports; The Child Who Can't Verbalize Fear or Pain; National School Safety Center.

May 2, 2007 - Autism Epidemic and Early Intervention. Autism Epidemic Rages On; Intensive Early Intervention is Essential for Children with Autism; Caselaw; "My Brother Has Autism" by Melody Igafo-Te'o (age 8); Free Pubs and Recommended Resources.

May 9, 2007 - Suspensions and Expulsions. Can the School Expel My Child with ADHD & LD?; Suspending Children with Disabilities from School; Law Library: Discipline Cases; Happy Mother's Day. Yellow Pages for Kids; and Training Programs.

May 16, 2007 - IEPs for Behavior Problems, Assessments & Interventions. IDEA 2004 and IEPS for Children with Behavior Problems; What Are Schools Required to Do for Children with Behavior Problems?; Functional Behavior Assessments; Interventions; What Parents Need to Know.

May 22, 2007 - Supreme Court Rules on Parent Rights. "Parents Have Independent, Enforceable Rights"; Jacob Winkelman v. Parma City School District; Spring into Summer Book Sale; School Misdiagnoses Boy As "Retarded" - video.

May 31, 2007 - Negotiating for ESY Services, NPR Interview. "How I Got Extended School Year Services After the School Said "No!"; ESY Standards and Caselaw; NPR Interview with Pete Wright on the Supreme Court & Special Education: Winkelman v.Parma; Winkelman poll results.

June 5, 2007 - So You Want to Be an Advocate. Advocacy FAQs; Who Can Be an Advocate?; So You Want to Be An Advocate? A Game Plan by Pat Howey; Join COPAA; Wrightslaw Advocacy Training.

June 13, 2007 - Summer School for Parents. Take Care of Yourself and Your Family; Thank You Notes; Relax and Read; Plan and Prepare; Parent Tools and Advocacy Strategies and Training.

June 19, 2007 - Summer School for Parents. Learn About Evaluations; Learn How to Measure Your Child's Educational Progress; Learn to Write SMART IEPs; Pro-parent decision in A.K. v. Alexandria City School Board (4th Cir. 2007).

June 27, 2007 - Summer School for Parents. State Academic Standards; Use IDEA & NCLB to Build a Better Special Education Program; Learn About Your Legal Rights & Responsibilities; Breaking News! IDEA Report Cards: Did Your State Pass or Fail?

July 10, 2007 - Summer School for Parents. Get a Comprehensive Psychoeducational Evaluation of Your child; Find Help in Your Community; Join a Parent Study or Advocacy group; Attend a Wrightslaw Training.

July 25, 2007 - FETA:The Special Education Survival Guide. From Emotions to Advocacy; Coming Soon! Online Training from Wrightslaw; "Teach a Man to Fish..." Start a FETA Study Group; Educational Advocacy Study Groups.

August 8, 2007 - ADD/ADHD: Eligibility for Special Education Services. Is My Child Eligible for Special Ed Services?; Get Your Own Copy of the IDEA Statute and Regulations; What are My Child's Rights Under Section 504?; Coming Soon! Training That Meets Your Needs.

August 15, 2007 - Supreme Court to Hear Oral Argument in NYC v. Tom F. Supreme Court to Hear Oral Argument in New Case; History and Significance of the Case; New Trend in Special Education Law?

August 22, 2007 - Teaching Lions and Tigers. Teaching Lions and Tigers; Discipline and Children with ADHD; 4 Rules of Discipline; Parenting Issues; Getting Ready to Launch: Wrightslaw WebEx Training Programs.

August 29, 2007 - WebEx Training Center; Preview of Programs. What Are Your Dreams?; Wrightslaw WebEx Training Center Opens Next Week; Sneak Preview of Wrightslaw WebEx Training; Formats: Download and CD-ROM; Coursebooks Available.

September 6, 2007 - Special Offer! New Wrightslaw Training Programs. Special Introductory Offer, you save 40% to 60% when you buy Wrightslaw training programs now. Training programs are available in two formats: Download and CD-Rom. CEUs are available.

September 12, 2007 - Are Parents Protected from Discrimination in the Workplace? ADA Protections at Work by Brian East, Esq.; Employee Benefit Protections for Parents by Claire Kennedy-Wilkins, Esq.; Family and Medical Leave Act Protections by Loring Spolter, Esq.; Find Help at the Yellow Pages for Kids.

September 19, 2007 - Back to School: Strategies & Tips for a Successful School Year. Protecting Parent-School Relationships; The Do's and Don'ts of Parent Advocacy; 9 Ways to Boost Your Child's Attitude Before the Bus Arrives, Give Your Child's Teachers a "Heads Up".

September 26, 2007 - Child Find: It's Not Optional - It's Mandatory; Jamie S. v. Milwaukee Public Schools. Judge Orders Sanctions Against School District, Remedies for Kids; Wisconsin Dept of Public Instruction: "No Teeth in Its Bite"; The Child Find Mandate: What Does it Mean to You?; Singing the National Anthem at Fenway Park - Disability Awareness Day.

October 03, 2007 - What's Up at Wrightslaw? The LD Podcast; Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities Awards and Interviews; The Kojo Show on NPR interviews Pete Wright on Winkelman v Parma City School District; "The Wright Way" to effective advocacy; Wrightslaw WebEx Training Series.

October 05, 2007 - Alert! Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument in Board of Education of City of New York v. Tom F.

October 10, 2007 - Teacher Says, "I Don't Care if He Has an IEP," - Mother Asks for Help. The Background of the Story; Two Questions; Advice from Wrightslaw; More Excellent Advice from Research Editor, Suzanne Heath, about IEPs, the IEP Meeting, Goals and Accommodations, One-to-one paraprofessionals.

October 11, 2007 - Alert! Supreme Court Issues Decision in NYC v. Tom F. On Wednesday, October 10, the United States Supreme Court issued a decision in this case. Justice Kennedy, author of the pro-parent decision in Winkelman v. Parma, recused himself. The decision was split, 4-4.

October 17, 2007 - Online Guide To Special Education Law & Advocacy. Update in Hyde Park Board of Education v. Frank G.; Bookmark the sitemap at Wrightslaw; Google It on Wrightslaw; How to Find Help in Your Local Area; The Yellow Pages for Kids with disabilities.

October 24, 2007 - Stop Bullying Now! Part 1: Bullying Prevention Awareness Week; Reports and Resources; Bullying Prevention - for Kids; Bullying Prevention - for Parents.

October 31, 2007 - Stop Bullying Now! Part 2: Bullying Prevention for Schools; Cyber-Bullying; More Resources on Harassment and Bullying Prevention; Good Books.

November 14, 2007 - Be A Hero...To A Hero. A message from Pete and Pam Wright. Support Our Troops. How Can We Help? How Can Teachers & Kids Help?

November 20, 2007 - Changing Schools and IEPs. Military Families with Special Needs; Moves, Transfers, and Kids with IEPs; Help for Military Families with Exceptional Family Members; Success Story: Mom Attends Wrightslaw Training, Starts Advocacy Training Group. Free Pub!

November 27, 2007 - Answers to Your Questions About Research Based Reading Programs. Why Use Research Based Reading Programs?; Where Can I Find Research Based Programs & Assessments?; How Can I Get a Reading Program That Works?; Special Education Law and Advocacy Training on CD-ROM.

December 4 , 2007 - Do We Over Accommodate? Teachers Debate Accommodations and Modifications. If Teachers Over Accommodate, Do Students Under Perform?; Must Teachers Make Modifications?; How Does Differentiating Instruction Level the Playing Field?; Wrightslaw Gift Certificates are Available Now; Holiday Special 25% off all other Wrightslaw Products.

December 11 , 2007 - Emotional and Behavior Problems: You Can't Just Teach the Easy Kids. Bad Behavior or Misbehavior Caused by the Disability?; It Isn't Okay Just to Teach the Easy Kids; Get the Correct Process in Place - Right from The Start; Why You Should Advertise With Us - and How; Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities.

December 18 , 2007 - Success Story: From Victim to a Mighty Force. Why Can't My Children Read?; Special Education 101; From Anger to Advocacy - How I Turned Things Around; Do You Have Success Story to Share?

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