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special education services are intensive and expensive. Resources
are limited. If you have a child with special educational needs, you
may wind up battling the school district for the services your child
needs. To prevail, you need information, skills, and tools.
2. Advocacy 101: Documents, Records & Paper Trails
records are essential to effective advocacy. You
can use simple low-tech tools to record your contacts with the
school: calendars, logs, journals.
Write letters to clarify events and what you were told. When you train yourself to write things down, you are taking important steps to protect your child's interests.
you have a dispute with the school, your logs and letters are
independent evidence that support your memory. Documents that
support your position will help you resolve disputes early.
3. Free Shipping & Discounts - Summer Sale Ends Friday, August 15!
make Back to School a little easier, you will find good deals, great
deals and super deals during our Summer
Free Shipping on All Books - Save $4.95
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When you order the deluxe edition of Wrightslaw: Special Education Law with the Special Education Law CD ROM (retail: $39.95) and Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy (retail: $29.95), you save $14.95 ($10.00 on the books and free shipping).
4. Tactics & Strategy: How to Disagree with the IEP Team . . . Without Starting WW III
Pete answers questions about IEPs and teaches you how to disagree with the IEP team without starting World War III. Learn about the Rules of Adverse Assumptions, how to use tape recording and thank you letters to clarify issues, and how to deal with an IEP team bully.
Read How to Disagree with the IEP Team at -
5. Hot Links! Resource Directories & Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities
Suzanne writes, "I made a link to our state Yellow Page on the Fetaweb.com site for two reasons: your Yellow Pages are far more complete than anything I could easily build and I know you keep these pages up to date."
Suzanne is right! Do you collect information for a website about special education or children with special educational needs? Are you looking for information and resources for parents, teachers or advocates for children with disabilities?
If the answer is "yes", please check our Resource Directories and State Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities on Fetaweb.
Resource Directories & Yellow Pages
Directory of Disabilities Organizations & Groups: http://www.fetaweb.com/help/disabilities_orgs.htm
Directory of Legal & Advocacy Resources: http://www.fetaweb.com/help/legal_advocacy.htm
Directory of State Departments of Education: http://www.fetaweb.com/help/seas.htm
Directory of Parent Training Information Centers: http://www.fetaweb.com/help/ptis.htm
Directory of Best School Websites: http://www.fetaweb.com/best.htm
Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities: http://www.fetaweb.com/help/states.htm
(31 states down, 25 states and territories to go)
you need to find an educational consultant, advocate or attorney who
represents children with disabilities? Read Help!
How to Find an Educational Consultant, Advocate, Attorney
7. Wrightslaw Advocacy Training in Richmond, VA - September 16, 2002
Parents of children with disabilities encounter many obstacles when they advocate for their children. Two obstacles are isolation and lack of information. We are working to remove these obstacles.
On September 16, we will present a full day of advocacy training where you will learn about:
information about programs over the next few months, please
check our Seminars
& Training page: http://www.wrightslaw.com/speak/index.htm
8. CLE: Special Education Practice in Virginia - August 22, 2002
On August 22, 2002, the Virginia Legal Advocacy Center will offer its special education CLE, Special Education Practice in Virginia, in Richmond:
The program carries 7 CLE credits, including 2 ethics credits, and 3 Guardian ad litem credits. The training is geared toward attorneys, advocates, and parents considering or involved in due process.
Get more information about Special Education Practice in Virginia at:
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