2010 Progress Report...and
A Thank You Note

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Circulation: 83,385
ISSN: 1538-320
January 11, 2011

The first issue of The Special Ed Advocate went out to 200 people in April, 1998.

Today, more than 83,000 people receive a copy of the weekly newsletter.

Wrightslaw continues to change and grow. You, our subscribers, are a big part of that progress! Today we want to say thank you for your input, encouragement, and support during the past year.

We are blessed to have so many people who offer advice and ideas, send new cases, and share their struggles and successes. We appreciate your enthusiastic response to our books and training programs, the website, Wrightslaw on Facebook, and the Wrightslaw Way Blog.

Pete and Pam WrightKnowledge is power.

Our role is to help you gain the knowledge you need so you can be a more effective advocate as you navigate the confusing world of special education.

Thank you!
Pam & Pete Wright

In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate you will find links to the top 10 articles, topics, cases, and blog posts in 2010.

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2010 Progress Report


What a year! The total number of visitors to Wrightslaw climbed to over 3 million in 2010. The number of page views increased by 1.5 million and the total number of hits increased by 2 million.

Summary of Activity

Total Visitors: 3.1 million
Total Page Views: 9.2 million
Total Hits: 77.4 million

View 2010 User Summary (in pdf)

Busiest Months: April and October
Slowest Months: July and December

The Wrightslaw Way Blog

More than 1.7 million people visited The Wrightslaw Way Blog in 2010.

Thanks to your support, we are developing creative solutions to problems by sharing advice and getting information from others. If you have not already visited our online community, go to the COMMUNITY HELPLINE to ask or answer a question.

Wrightslaw on Facebook

Thank you for joining us this year on Facebook. Since we began our FB community in February 2010, Wrightslaw friends are 11,273 strong.

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Top 10 Articles in 2010

1. Tests and Measurements for the Parent, Teacher, Advocate & Attorney by Pete Wright, Esq. and Pam Wright, M.A., M.S.W.

2. Wrightslaw Game Plan: SMART IEPs by Pete and Pam Wright.

3. Key Differences Between Section 504, ADA, and IDEA by Pete and Pam Wright.

4. Functional Behavior Assessments: What, Why, When, Where, and Who? by Stephen Starin, Ph.D.

5. Questions and Answers on the Least Restrictive (LRE) Requirement of the IDEA.

6. IDEA 2004: Transition Services for Education, Work, and Independent Living.

7. Advocating for Your Child: Getting Started by Pam Wright, MA, MSW.

8. Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) & FAPE by Pete Wright, Esq. and Pamela Wright, MA, MSW.

9. IEPs for Children with Behavior Problems by Pat Howey, Paralegal and Advocate.

10. The Paper Chase: Managing Your Child's Documents by Robert Crabtree, Esq.

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Top 10 Topics in 2010

1. Discrimination: Section 504 and ADA

2. Response to Intervention (RTI)

3. Individualized Education Programs (IEPs)

4. Behavior Problems and Discipline

5. Autism, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Asperger Syndrome

6. IDEA 2004

7. Inclusion, Least Restrictive Environment (LRE), Mainstreaming

8. Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD/ADHD)

9. NCLB: Research-Based Instruction

10. Reading at Wrightslaw

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Top 10 Cases in 2010

1. Bd. Ed. Hendrick Hudson Sch. Dist. v. Amy Rowley

2. Honig v. Doe

3. Burlington Sch. Comm. v. Mass. Dept Ed

4. Forest Grove School District v. T.A.

5. Henrico v. R.T.

6. Jarron Draper v. Atlanta Independent Public Schools

7. Cedar Rapids v. Garret F.

8. Irving v. Tatro

9. Florence County Sch. Dist. IV v. Shannon Carter

10. Schaffer v. Weast

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Top 10 Blog Posts in 2010

1. How Can I Develop SMART IEP Goals for Behavior Problems?

2. Is ADHD a learning disability? I’ve been told “no, it’s not.”

3. Does a Child Need an IEP AND a 504 Plan?

4. When Schools Punish Sick Children Who Miss School: A Game Plan

5. Should Poor Organizational Skills be Accommodated in an IEP?

6. Should Your Child’s IEP Include Extended Year Services (ESY)?

7. IEP FAQs: Is There a 10 Day Timeline for IEP Meetings?

8. Parent Involvement in Placement Decisions

9. IEP FAQs: Can More than one Disability Be Listed in an IEP?

10. Special Education: NOT the Resource Room, the Classroom in the Trailer, or the Special School Across Town

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What People Are Saying About The Special Ed Advocate Newsletter

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