2014 Progress Report...and
A Thank You Note

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Circulation: 98,627
ISSN: 1538-320
January 13, 2015

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

Today, 98,627 people receive a copy of the weekly newsletter.

Pete and Pam WrightIt's time for our annual progress report - and a big thank you from the Wrightslaw staff.

Wrightslaw continues to change and grow. You, our subscribers, are a big part of that progress!

We are blessed to have so many people who offer advice and ideas, send new cases, and share their struggles and successes.

We are grateful for your enthusiastic response to our website, books, and training programs.

We appreciate your emails and letters, your questions and comments on the Wrightslaw Way Blog, and your participation on YouTube and FB.

Thanks again for your input, encouragement, and support during the past year.

Pam & Pete Wright

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2014 Progress Report


Over 6.2 million people visited Wrightslaw in 2014, an increase of 1.7 million visits. Wrightslaw recorded over 18.9 million page views.

The Wrightslaw Way Blog

9 million pages were viewed on the Wrightslaw Way Blog. As in previous years, October was the busiest month with 80,765 visits.


HELPLINE Archives Topics A-K and Topics L-Z.

2014 Creative Ideas and Website Satisfaction Survey

What's in Store at Wrightslaw?

Wrightslaw on Facebook

Wrightslaw on Twitter

Wrightslaw Channel on YouTube

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Top TenTop 10 Articles in 2014

1. Understanding Dysgraphia

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

3. My Child with a 504 Plan is Failing, School Won't Help

4. 12 Rules for Writing GREAT Letters by Pamela Wright, MA, MSW.

5. The Child Find Mandate: What Does It Mean to You? by Pam and Pete Wright.

6. Discipline: Suspensions, Expulsions, and IEPs by Robert Crabtree, Esq.

7. Your Child's IEP: Practical and Legal Guidance for Parents by Pam and Pete Wright.

8. Independent Educational Evaluations: What? Why? How? Who Pays? by Wayne Steedman, Esq.

9. What Type of Training is Required to Become an Advocate? by Suzanne Whitney.

10. How to Request a One-to-one Paraprofessional for Your Child by Wayne Steedman, Esq.

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Top 10 Topics in 2014

1. Discrimination: Section 504 and ADA

2. Individualized Education Programs (IEPs)

3. Special Education Caselaw

4. Behavior Problems and Discipline

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

6. IDEA 2004

7. Early Intervention

8. Abuse, Restraints and Seclusion in Schools

9. Response to Intervention (RTI)

10.Assessments, Evaluations, and Tests

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Top 10 Cases in 2014

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

2. Honig v. Doe

3. Doug c. v. Hawaii

4. Cedar Rapids v. Garret F.

5. Lawyer v. Chesterfield County School Board

6. Doe v. Withers Complaint

7. Irving v. Tatro

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

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

10. Hartmann v. Loudoun County Board of Education

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Top 10 Blog Posts in 2014

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

2. Advocating for a Child with ADHD - 504 or IEP?

3. Retention or Promotion? What's Best for My Child?

4. When Teachers Bully

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

6. Getting Help for a Child With a Behavior Disorder

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

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

9. Do Schools Have any Legal Obligation to Identify and Test Students?

10. I’m a Teacher, and I know IEPs Aren’t Being Followed. What Do I Do?

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What People Are Saying About The Special Ed Advocate Newsletter

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


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