Special Ed Advocate Newsletter
A s the new school year begins, it's time for a refresher course in effective advocacy. At Wrightslaw, we help you gain the information and skills you need to navigate the confusing world of special education and get services for kids with disabilities.
Wrightslaw game plan for new parents; paper chase - managing your
child's documents; power struggles, meetings and follow-up letters;
help for college kids flyer; learning to negotiate is part of the
advocacy process; advocacy training in Richmond; free pubs about
learning disabilities, bullying prevention, paraeducators, and the
No Child Left Behind Act.
The Special Ed Advocate newsletter is free - please forward this issue or the subscription link to your friends and colleagues so they can learn about special education law and advocacy too. We appreciate your help!
1. Help! Game Plan for New Parents
Charles writes, “My son Daniel has learning disabilities and ADHD. Although Daniel receives special education services and has an IEP, his progress is minimal. We shared our concerns with the IEP team and asked for more help. We are not optimistic.”
“All of this is new to us. What information should we read to become better advocates for Daniel?”
Charles speaks for many parents. Our Game Plan for New Parents will teach you where to put your energy and how to plan and prepare:
2. Paper Chase: Managing Your Child's Documents
If you have kids with special education needs, you can be overwhelmed by the paperwork in no time.
This article by Massachusetts attorney Bob Crabtree teaches you what documents are important and how to organize your child's documents. Learn how to use a log and create documents to prevent problems and get better services for your child.
3. Tactics & Strategies: Power Struggles, Meetings & Follow-up Letters
you feeling powerless and frustrated? Parent advocate Pat Howey will
teach you how to avoid power struggles, deal with IEP meeting
frustrations, use follow up letters to get answers to questions -
and how to use your power wisely.
4. Help for College Kids- New Flyer from Wrightslaw
College-bound students need to learn self-advocacy skills - how to present information about their disability and accommodations so professors want to help. If students master these skills, they are more likely to make a successful transition from high school to college.
Download, print and distribute the Help for College Students with Disabilities Flyer for information about:
5. Learning to Negotiate is Part of the Advocacy Process
Vermont advocate Brice Palmer describes negotiating in advocacy; explains important rules, offers excellent advice about tactics and techniques.
Get Learning to Negotiate is Part of the Advocacy Process at:
6. 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 in Richmond. You will learn about:
More Information . . .
Seminars & Training Schedule
Learning Disabilities, Bullying, Paraeducators, No Child Left Behind
percent of American children are regularly involved in bullying, as
bullies, victims, or both (National Resource Center for Safe
Schools, 2001). Approximately 15 percent are “severely traumatized
or distressed” by bullies . . . Despite these numbers, bullying
behavior is rarely detected by teachers, and is even less frequently
taken seriously (NRCSS, 1999). This
booklet provides an overview of what is known about bullying
behavior and successful efforts to address it; profiles
anti-bullying programs and offers resources.
Commission of the States, Special
Report: No State Left Behind: The Challenges and Opportunities of
ESEA 2001 (2002).
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