Wrightslaw, our goals are to help you gain the information and skills you
need to navigate the confusing world of special education. In this issue, we
look at extended school year services and expert witnesses.
Highlights: New Extended School Year (ESY) topics page; new issue of The Beacon about evaluators and expert witnesses; how to use an expert as a resource; new Yellow Pages for AL, AK, GA, NC, NJ, OK, WA; more resources on Fetaweb.com; Spring 2002 schedule.
If you are
like many parents, you have questions about extended school year (ESY)
services. Perhaps your child's IEP team said your child does not qualify for
extended school year services - and you disagree.
What did a federal judge say about "windows of opportunity"? What did a federal judge say about a school district's "hostility" toward ESY, administrative convenience and FAPE?
What are the six factors that IEP teams must consider when making decisions about ESY?
Don't know? You aren't alone! To learn about Extended School Year (ESY), windows of opportunity - and these six factors, visit our new ESY Topics page at:
Beacon: The Journal of Special Education Law and Practice is a
multidisciplinary electronic journal of special education law and practice
that is published quarterly by Harbor
House Law Press.
Each issue focuses on a theme and includes articles and essays for people who are interested in special education legal topics. The theme of the Winter issue is Expert Witnesses. Articles include:
"Using an Expert as an Effective Resource" by Jennifer Bollero, Esq.
"Preparation of the Psycho-educational Report" by Margaret Kay, Ed.D.
"Factors to Consider When Selecting an Evaluator" by Rosemary Palmer, Esq.
"Observations from the Transom" by Brice Palmer, Managing Editor
an Expert as an Effective Resource, attorney-author Jennifer Bollero
explains why parents should rely on advice from trained professionals to
make informed decisions about their child's special education program.
Who is an expert? Why do parents need experts? How should parents choose experts? Why do medical experts advise parents to seek the best medical and therapeutic treatments? Why is a request for the "best" special education program fatal? Read article
down, 30 states and 6 territories to go!
We continue to build our "Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities" so people who love and work with our children can get information, support, and connect with one another. You will find many different resources on these pages - government programs, grassroots organizations, and support groups.
This week, we added seven state Yellow Pages to the Fetaweb site:
Please visit the Yellow Pages for your state. (If your state is not up yet, please be patient) If you know about a good resource, please send the information to firstname.lastname@example.org
In the subject line of your message, type your state's two letter designation: UT, MN, NY, TX, followed by the words YELLOW PAGES - for example, UT YELLOW PAGES. Thanks! !
is the companion site to our book, From
Emotions to Advocacy - The Special Education Survival Guide.
Do you have a copy of our new book, From Emotions to Advocacy? If you do, you will find references to information on the Fetaweb site throughout the book.
Download the FETA Owner's Manual to get these resources.
Between now and May 27 (Memorial Day), we are scheduled to do training programs in Minot, ND, Oklahoma City, Sacramento, and Chicago.
* April 26 & 27: Two-day Boot Camp in Minot, North Dakota *
advocacy seminars focus on four areas: special education law, rights and
responsibilities; how to use the bell curve to measure progress &
regression; SMART IEPs; and how to use tactics & strategies for
more information about these events and programs that will be held over the
next few months, please check our Seminars
& Training page: http://www.wrightslaw.com/speak/index.htm
If you are interested in learning how to get Pete & Pam Wright to your community, please read our FAQs about Seminars.
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