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October 3, 2007

ISSN: 1538-3202

Issue: 406
Subscribers: 54,155

In This Issue:

Listen to Pete on LDpodcast

Smart Kids with LD

Pete Live on NPR: The Kojo Show

The Wright Way

Wrightslaw WebEx Multimedia Training


Education Law and Advocacy Training
with Pete & Pam Wright


Download Training Program

Order Training Program on CD-ROM

Training & Book Combos


More Resources from Wrightslaw

Advocacy FAQs

Section 504

10 Things I Wish I'd Known About Learning Disabilities


Nominate a Child for the CEC Yes I Can! Award

Use this opportunity to recognize a child for his accomplishments

Deadline - October 16



Looking for an Evaluator, Advocate, Advisor, or Attorney?

Yellow Pages for Kids


Moving Mountains, Educating Millions


Pete and Pam on the Kubota they use at home for moving mountains

The Wrightslaw Story


Contact Info

Pete and Pam Wright
Wrightslaw & The Special Ed Advocate
P. O. Box 1008
Deltaville, VA 23043



Copyright 2007, Peter W. D. Wright and Pamela Darr Wright. All rights reserved. Please do NOT reprint or host on your website without explicit permission.

Pete and Pam are in Germany this week expanding opportunities for advocacy.

While they're away, we just wanted to help you catch up on what's happening.

From the beginning, our mission has been to educate parents, advocates, and educators with information about special education lawand advocacy.

With 7 million children in special education programs, there are millions of parents -and the professionals who work with them - negotiating for services for children.

Educating millions?  Sounds like moving mountains. Such is the Wrightslaw story.  

In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate we'll bring you up to date.

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Learning Disabilities Podcast

 The LD Podcast is a free weekly podcast/internet radio show about learning and learning disabilities.

Host Whitney Hoffman is an attorney and mother of two boys with learning differences. Her website and podcasts focus on parenting children who are struggling in school.

Whitney tells Pete, “You’ve had quite a run...”

From being “mis”- labeled as mentally retarded - all the way to the Supreme Court where he successfully argued Shannon Carter’s case.

This week's Podcast #66 was a discussion of Pam's analysis of the September 11 pro-child decision in Jamie S. v Milwaukee Public Schools. Also featured is the Child Find Mandate: What Does It Mean to You?

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Smart Kids With Learning Disabilities

Pete and Pam were in Stamford, CT again thissmart kids year as Pete served as Master of Ceremonies for the Smart Kids With Learning Disabilities Awards.

Pete & Pam Wright Redux is Sheryl Knapp's interview with them. You'll find it in the September 2007 newsletter issue from Smart Kids.

This was the second interview in a two part series.

The first interview, On the Record About Special Education, was done last year when Pete and Pam were in Stamford to receive the Smart Kids for LD Community Service Award.

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The Kojo Show

Pete goes live on NPR.

The Kojo Nnamdi Show on WAMU 88.5 FM, based in Washington DC, interviewed Pete for a daily radio talk show in May. The broadcast focused on the recent United States Supreme Court decision, Winkelman v Parma City School District, that parents may proceed in court unrepresented by counsel.

Listen as Pete discusses what the decision means for students, parents and school districts.

The Wright Way

Always looking for ways to connect with parents.

"The Wright Way" column debuted in Spectrum magazine in July. Pete and Pam share advocacy tips and techniques for your Document Management System. This issue focused on an essential part of your "game plan" - getting organized. Read The File: Do It Right!

In the Back To School issue, "The Wright Way" focused on the meaning of FAPE, What is a free appropriate public education? Don't miss the Four Rules for Parents in the September issue.

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WebEx Training Series Available

In September, Wrightslaw released the new Special Education Law and Advocacy Training Series of recorded multi-media training programs.

Training Programs are available in two formats: Download or CD-ROM. They can also be purchased in combination with the required textbooks.

These programs were designed to help you become a more effective advocate for children with disabilities and are available 24/7 - wherever you live, whenever you want.

Eliminate distractions and schedule your study periods at times that meet your needs. Work at your own pace.

The first program in the series is a 6.5 hour CEU approved program on Special Education Law and Advocacy.

These programs are great for Staff Training or for Parent Training, Study and Support Groups. Check the discounts available for bulk orders of the CD-ROM.

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What People Are Saying About The Special Ed Advocate Newsletter

"Thanks for the trustworthy information and support you provide through the Wrightslaw website and newsletter. You helped our family act when we needed to - we are thriving now."


Great Products From Wrightslaw

Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition, by Pam and Pete Wright Wrightslaw: No Child Left Behind

Surviving Due Process: Stephen Jeffers v. School Board

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