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.
January 6, 2015 - Special Education Topics: Quick Picks. Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Training Schedule; Allergies and Anaphylaxis; Editor's Choice: Bullying; IEP Team Members.
January 13, 2015 - 2014 Progress Report...and a Thank You Note. In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate you will find a Thank You Note from Wrightslaw and a progress report for 2014. We've listed links to the top 10 articles, topics, cases, and blog posts in 2014.
January 20, 2015 - Avoiding Common Mistakes. Mistakes People Make: Parents; Mistakes People Make: Advocates; Avoid Mistakes: Tactics & Strategy; Tips for Effective Advocacy.
January 27, 2015 - Wrightslaw: All About Tests and Assessments, New E-Book Editions. Wrightslaw: All About Tests and Assessments is now available as an E-book for the Kindle, Nook, iPad, and other digital readers. The new E-book is selling at a 35% discount from the print edition. Not sure which E-book format is right for you? FAQs.
February 3, 2015 - Mistakes People Make: Independent Experts and Evaluators. Mistakes Evaluators Make; Mistakes Independent Experts Make; Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Training.
February 10, 2015 - William and Mary Law School Institute of Special Education Advocacy ISEA. 2015 Registration is OPEN. August 2 - 7, 2015. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis bi-monthly until the class is full. Early applications are recommended.
February 17, 2015 - Mistakes School Districts Make. Mistakes People Make: School Districts; How Schools Can Avoid Confrontation with Parents; Resolving Parent-School Disputes; Help the School WANT to Help Your Child.
February 24, 2015 - "Why Not the Best?" - 4 Lessons About FAPE. Four Lessons about FAPE; Wrightslaw Guide to a Free Appropriate Education; FAPE Defined in IDEA; Eliminate the Word Best from your Vocabulary.
March 3, 2015 - Educational Benefit: What is It? How Can I Measure It? Using Test Results to Measure Educational Benefit; How Do Judges Determine is a Child is Receiving FAPE?; Learn How to Understand Your Child's Test Scores; Individualized Instruction is Not One Size Fits All.
March 10, 2015 - Are There Any Benefits to Retention? Why Retain? It Didn't Work the First Time; Waiting to Fail Has Been Discredited for Decades; Sample Letter to Request - No Retention; What's Best for My Child?
March 17, 2015 - Should We Always Say N0 to Retention? Should We Always Say NO to Retention?; "We Do NOT Retain! Not Ever!"; Is Your Child's IEP Individualized?; Will Retention Push Your Child Off the Diploma Path?
March 24, 2015 - IEP Facts: Review and Revision. What is an Annual IEP Review?; A Special Thanks to our Sponsors; You Can Request an IEP Review at any Time; IDEA Legal Requirements for Revising IEPs.
March 31, 2015 - IEP Facts: SMART Goals & IEPs. Present Levels: Where a SMART IEP Begins; Game Plan: Getting to SMART!; Learn How to Write SMART IEPS in Wrightslaw: Form Emotions to Advocacy; IEP Season SALE: 25% End Today.
April 7, 2015 - IEP Facts: What is Writing IEP Goals so Difficult? Are These Good IEP Goals?; Requirements for IEPs; SMART IEPs for Behavior Problems; Special Thanks to our Sponsors.
April 14, 2015 - IEP Facts: ESY in the IEP. Should Our IEP Include ESY Services?; School Told Me They Do Not Do ESY; Principal Says, "Too Many Goals to Include ESY"; How Can I Ensure the IEP Will Meet My Child's Needs?
April 21, 2015 - IEP Facts: Terminating Eligibility or IEP Services. Can the School Terminate My Child's Eligibility?; Discontinuing IEP Services; Termination Before Transition: Is This Best?; Thanks to Our Sponsors.
April 28, 2015 - IEP Facts: Parental Role and Consent. Parents ARE - and Always Have Been - Members of the IEP Team!; Do I HAVE to Sign the IEP?; Can I Revoke Consent for a Service in the IEP?; Law & Regulations about Parent Role & Consent.
May 5, 2015 - Parent Advocacy...Or, Should I Hire an Advocate? Parent Power to Make Educational Decisions; Effective Parent Advocates: Secrets of Success!; NEW ARTICLE! Should I Hire an Advocate?; Can Our Advocate Observe in the Classroom?
May 12, 2015 - Special Ed Disputes: Should We Settle or Fight? Demystifying Settlement Agreements; Sample Settlement Agreement; Special Education Law: IDEA 2004; The Jarron Draper Case: Should We Settle or Fight?
May 19, 2015 -Will You Join Us for ISEA 2015? This issue of the Special Ed Advocate invites you to learn more about the William & Mary Law School Institute of Special Education Advocacy (ISEA 2015). Get the details about the program agenda, costs, application process and download an application.
May 26, 2015 - Memorial Day Salute to our Military Families. PCS Moves & Comparable IEPs; Military and DOD Special Education; DOD Proposed Regulations; Summer Camps & Youth Programs; Military Discounts.
June 2, 2015 - Find Help in Your State: Update Your Yellow Pages Listing. Help Others! Get a FREE Listing; Find Your State Special Education Regulations; Regulations on State Pages; Make Sure You Have Current State Regs; Thanks to Our Sponsors; How to Search the Yellow Pages.
June 23, 2015 - Summer School 2015: Self-Study Advocacy Plan for the New Parent. Begin a Program of Advocacy Self-Study for One Year; Plan and Prepare: The 7 "P"s; Parents Need to Think About Long-Term Plans; The Power of Parent Advocacy; Homework Checklist.
July 7, 2015 - Summer School Session 1: Get Your Game Plan. Game Plan for Improving Your Advocacy Skills; How to Stay Patient When Dealing with Schools; Join the Wrightslaw Online Community; Please Share our Sign-Up; Homework Assignment.
July 21, 2015 - Summer School Session 2: The Book a Month Plan! Read One New Book a Month; Must Reads - The Best Sellers; Classic Selections; The Best of Wrightslaw - On SALE Now!
August 4, 2015 - ISEA 2015 Opens, Remembering Fred Fay, Celebrating ADA! What's Happening at ISEA 2015; Get Creative with Section 504; In Memory of Fred Fay; Delivering the Promise of ADA in our Schools.
August 11, 2015 - Summer School Session 3: Ten Tips for Good Advocates. 10 Tips for Good Advocates; More Questions? Ask the Advocate!; Parent Advocacy - What You Should and ...Should NOT Do; From Emotions to Advocacy: Information and Skills, Step by Step; Homework Checklist.
August 25, 2015 - Summer School Session 4: Link-up With Other Advocates, Ask Questions! Ask Questions; Link-up; FAQs All About IEPs; How to Get Services by Asking Questions; Homework Checklist.
September 1, 2015 - Summer School Session 5: Help Others - Become an Advocate. So You Want to Become an Advocate; Practice, Practice, Practice Your Advocacy Skills; Train. Train. Train.; Don't Play the Victim, Become a Mighty Force!; Your Certificat.
September 15, 2015 - Back to School Survival Guide. Download the Back to School Checklist; Re-Read Your Child's IEP; Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, the Back to School Survival Guide; 1 Tips for a Successful School Year.
September 22, 2015 - My Child's Teacher Doesn't Know Him: What Can I Do? If Your Child's Teacher Doesn't Know Him - Then What?; Help! No Teachers Know HOw to Work with My Child; Parent-Teacher Team Building.
September 29, 2015 - Getting Organized: Should I Request a Record Review? Time to Get Organized: Organize the File, Do It Right!; School Has Started - Should I Request my Child's Records?; Wrightslaw Back to School Sale, 25 % OFF.
October 06, 2015 - The IEP Team & Your Child - A Unique Approach. Introduce Your Child to the Teacher and Class!; Introduce Your Child to the IEP Team - Make Video!; Prepare to Deal with School Problems Early; Back to Schoo SLAE ENds This Week.
October 13, 2015 - Is Your Child's IEP Adequate, Sufficient, Enough? Is Your Child's IEP Adequate, Sufficient, Enough?; TIps & Tricks for Getting Effective IEPS; Tape Recording IEPs: What Does the Law Say?; Help! I Need Some Support at IEP Meetings.
October 20, 2015 - Improving Outcomes with SMART IEPs. Tactics & Strategies for Getting SMART IEPs; Your Game Plan for SMART IEPs; Download a FREE Copy of SMART IEPs; SMART IEPs for Behavior Problems.
October 27, 2015 - Benefits & Rights in IDEA and Section 504. Benefits & Rights in IDEA & Section 504; Does My Child Need an IEP AND a 504?; District Doesn't Do 504s - Say What?!; Advocating for a Child with ADHD - 504 or IEP?
November 3, 2015 - I'm a Teacher and I Know IEPs are NOT Being Followed. I Know That IEPs are NOT BEING Followed!; Can a General Ed Teacher Duck Out Early from IEP Meetings?; When Teachers are Forced to Take a Stand; What Does the Law Say About IEPs?
November 10, 2015 - Moving and Comparable IEPs. New DOD Special Education Regulations; PCS Moves & Comparable IEPs; Legal Issues: Military Families with Special Needs; Military Discounts in the Wrightslaw Store.
November 17, 2015 - Can the IEP Team Prepare a Draft IEP? Can the IEP Team Prepare a "Draft" IEP?; How Draft IEPs Change the Dynamics of Team Meetings; Special Ed Law and Advocacy Training; Different Kids - Identical IEPs?
November 24, 2015 - Looking for Help? Visit the Yellow Pages for Kids. Find Help in the Yellow Pages; Apply for a FREE Listing in the Nationwide Directory; Become a Sponsor - FInd out How; UPDATE Your Listing; How to Search for Information.
December 1, 2015 - How to Manage a Crisis with the School. Crisis! Emergency! Help!; Cool Tool! IEP Pop-Up: Resolving Disputes; How to Disagree with the School Without Starting WW 111; Misunderstanding with the School? Next Steps...
December 8, 2015 - Does Your Child's IEP Provide FAPE? Does Your Child's IEP Provide FAPE?; How to Get the School to Provide an Appropriate Program; The Legal Concept of FAPE; Are Missed Services a Denial of FAPE?
December 15, 2015 - Due Process: Rules of Adverse Assumptions. Rules of Adverse Assumptions; Josh Won! Compensatory Services and an IEP; Pete Interveiws Josh: Tackling Life's Obstacles; Preparing for (and Surviving) Due Process Hearings.
December 29, 2015 - QUICK PICKS: Advocacy Tactics & Strategy. How Can the IEP Team Work Together if Key Players Won't "Play"?; Written Opinions: A How-To Manual for Parents; Tactics & Strategy Manual; How to Get Services by Asking Questions.