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Special Ed Advocate Archives: 2021

The Special Ed Advocate is a free online newsletter with accurate, up-to-date information about special education legal and advocacy issues from the Wrightslaw Team. Our goal is to help readers navigate the confusing world of special education and get quality services for children with special needs.

The 2021 Archives includes links to all issues of The Special Ed Advocate newsletter and Alerts published during this year. To view issues published since April 1998, please visit the Newsletter Archives.

January 6, 2021. Start the Year Off Wright with Wrightslaw Training at Home or in the Office! - Immediate Download is a six-hour training program that's divided into four sessions: two about law and two about advocacy strategies.

January 12, 2021 - Top 10 in 2020. 2020 has been a tough year with the COVID-19 pandemic, school closures, virtual and /or remote education, personal losses, our racial reckoning, and the election. At Wrightslaw, we hope 2021 will be a better year for all who are looking for answers in these dark, difficult times.

January 26, 2021 - Join Pete Wright and Varsity Tutors for Advocating for Your Student with Special Needs - Live Class about navigating the complex world of special education.

February 16, 2021 - So You Want to Be an Advocate? What does an aspiring advocate need to learn? What skills does an advocate need to acquire? How do you practice?

February 17, 2021. Join Pete Wright & Varsity Tutors for Overcoming COVID-19's Impact on Your Student with Special Needs on February 24, 2021. In this live class, we'll explore topics like understanding your child's progress and regression, compensatory education, contingency plans, and how to get your child's education back on track.

March 5, 2021 - Upcoming Wrightslaw Training Programs. Schedule of virtual and live programs.

March 16, 2021 - It's IEP Season and Time to Prepare for the Next IEP Meeting. With Spring just around the corner, IEP Season can't be far behind. Check out the IEP Pop-Up Tool to get answers to questions about IEPs, prepare with Special Education Law and Advocacy Training by Pete Wright, and explore the role of Present Levels in developing educationally and legally correct IEPs.

March 26, 2021 - IEP FAQ's: Functional Levels & Functional Goals; IEP Checklists & FREE Chapter. Get answers to Questions about Present Levels of Functional Performance and Functional IEP Goals, and Download a FREE Chapter about Reading Assessments.

April 14, 2021 - Special Factors: Does the IEP Meet All Your Child's Needs? Look at "special factors" that affect children's ability to learn but are often overlooked by their IEP teams.

May 20, 2021 - Help for a Child with Special Needs? - Check out our Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities site!

June 3, 2021 - Is This Your Year to Take the Plunge?Register for ISEA Now! - The William and Mary Law Institute of Special Education Advocacy Summer Conference is accepting applications for the five-day training program in special education advocacy scheduled from Sunday, July 25 through Friday, July 30, 2021.

August 10, 2021 - Is There a Legal Right to an Education? Is There a Legal Right to Literacy? Wrightslaw examines questions about the legal right to an education and to literacy and how the right to an education evolved after the Supreme Court issued their unanimous decision in Brown v. Board of Education.

August 24, 2021 - 2021 Back to School Survival Guide - 10 Tips for a Successful School Year - Even During COVID; 25% Off Sale! Get the Wright Stuff; Nine Ways to Boost Your Child's Attitude Before the School Bus Arrives.

September 23, 2021 - What to Do When You Disagree with the IEP Team - How to document concerns, record meetings, and use letters / email to clarify your position; 25% Off on a Bundle of Wrightslaw; Write Things Down When They Happen (and How to Get Started).

November 17, 2021 - Big Win in Dyslexia Case! Judge Orders School District to Reimburse Parents $456,990.60 - Includes the parents' complaint, the decision in O.R. v. Clark County Schools, links to caselaw about reading, and other resources.

December 15, 2021 - Did a School District Restrain Young Children with Disabilities? What Did Investigators Find? What Happened Next? - Follow the investigation into the use of seclusion and restraint against children with disabilities by the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, from the initial complaint, investigation, and settlement; how to file a Complaint with the Justice Department; Wrightslaw Special Education Training Programs Resume in 2022.

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