2011 Progress Report...and
A Thank You Note

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Circulation: 88,005
ISSN: 1538-320
January 17, 2012

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

Today, more than 88,000 people receive a copy of the weekly newsletter.

Many thanks to our readers. Throughout the year you offer advice, ideas and support, send new cases, and share your struggles and successes.Pete and Pam Wright

We appreciate your enthusiastic response to our website, books, and training programs.

Thank you for your emails and letters, your questions and comments on the Wrightslaw Way Blog, and your participation in Wrightslaw on FB.

We've had a great year in 2011. It's time for our annual progress report - and a big thank you from all the Wrightslaw staff.

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 2011. We've listed the "Top 10s" to help you find important information quickly and easily.

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2011 Progress Report


Over 2.9 million people visited Wrightslaw in 2011. Wrightslaw recorded over 9 million page views.

Summary of Activity

Total Visitors: 2.9 million
Total Page Views: 9 million

View 2011 User Summary (in pdf)

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

The Wrightslaw Way Blog

Two million people visited The Wrightslaw Way Blog in 2011.

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 on Facebook. We began our FB community in February 2010, now Wrightslaw friends are over 15,000 strong.

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Top TenTop 10 Articles in 2011

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

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

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

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

5. Transition Services for Education, Work, Independent Living.

6. Be a Hero...To a Hero: Support Our Troops.

7. Response to Intervention: Guidelines for Parents and Practitioners by James B. Hale, Ph.D.

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

9. 12 Rules for Writing GREAT Letters by Pamela Wright, MA, MSW.

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

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Top 10 Topics in 2011

1. Discrimination: Section 504 and ADA

2. Response to Intervention (RTI)

3. Individualized Education Programs (IEPs)

4. Behavior Problems and Discipline

5. Special Education Caselaw

6. IDEA 2004

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

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

9. No Child Left Behind

10. Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD/ADHD)

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Top 10 Cases in 2011

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

2. Honig v. Doe

3. Henrico v. R.T.

4. Doe v. Withers Complaint

5. Cedar Rapids v. Garret F.

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

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

8. Irving v. Tatro

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

10. Jarron Draper v. Atlanta Public School District [Draper II]

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Top 10 Blog Posts in 2011

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

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

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

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

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

6. Can Parents Observe Children's Classrooms & Placements?

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

8. Fifth grader is reading at 2.7 grade level. Should he be tested for Special Ed?

9. Is Child with Passing Grades Eligible for Special Ed Under IDEA?

10. Retention or Promotion? What's best for my child?

If you have not already visited our online community, go to the COMMUNITY HELPLINE to ask or answer a question.

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