The Special Ed Advocate, August 5, 2002 (Issue 173)

At Wrightslaw, we help you gain the information and skills you need to
navigate the confusing world of special education.

Highlights: New success story - how I got the school to change my child's
program and placement; NCLB Act - schools must measure progress & report
progress to parents; free shipping & discounts during summer sale;
employment law protections for parents of disabled and sick children;
advocacy training in Richmond; glossaries of special ed legal and
assessment terms; Special Education Practice in Virginia CLE.

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1. SUCCESS STORY: HOW I GOT THE SCHOOL TO CHANGE MY CHILD'S PROGRAM &
PLACEMENT

2. NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND ACT SCHOOLS MUST MEASURE PROGRESS & REPORT RESULTS
TO PARENTS

3. SUMMER SALE! FREE SHIPPING & DISCOUNTS ON COMBOS

4. EMPLOYMENT LAW PROTECTIONS FOR PARENTS OF DISABLED & ILL CHILDREN BY
LORING SPOLTER, ESQ.

5. WRIGHTSLAW ADVOCACY TRAINING IN RICHMOND, VA - SEPTEMBER 16, 2002

6. DO YOU NEED A GLOSSARY OF TERMS?

7. SPECIAL EDUCATION PRACTICE IN VIRGINIA: AUGUST 22, 2002

8. SUBSCRIPTION & CONTACT INFO

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1. SUCCESS STORY: HOW I GOT THE SCHOOL TO CHANGE MY CHILD'S PROGRAM &
PLACEMENT

Debbie writes, "My 7 year old son Kevin has autism and is a "regular ed"
first grade. On standardized testing in reading and math, he was a grade
level behind - yet the teacher says he made 'good progress'."

"I knew that Kevin's progress next year would hinge on his placement in a
visually rich program."

"Fortunately, there is just such a teacher/room in our district. The
problem? He could not be placed in her class. For three months, I met with
his teacher, the director of special ed, the principal, the district
superintendent, and the Board of Education - all refused to place Kevin in
the visual program, deferring to the recommendation of last year's
teacher."

"Finally, I requested a due process hearing. You will never guess what
happened next . . ."

Read Win-Win Solution: How I Got the School to Change My Child's Program
and Placement -

http://www.fetaweb.com/success/placement.autism.htm

Success Stories!

Learn how parents are using information from Wrightslaw and common sense
to resolve problems and get better services for their children. In our new
Success Stories Section, you will meet -

* A mom who used the school's test data to support her request for an ABA
program,
* A parent who learned that asking the right questions is a key to
successful advocacy;
* A dad who used OCR to get compensatory education for his son

Visit Success Stories at:

http://www.fetaweb.com/success.htm

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2. NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND ACT SCHOOLS MUST MEASURE PROGRESS & REPORT RESULTS
TO PARENTS

On July 24, Secretary Rod Paige sent a letter to state and local education
leaders throughout the nation about the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP)
provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act.

Schools must measure each child's progress every year and must report the
results to the child's parents and to the public. Yes, this requirement
applies to children in special education.

To learn about these requirements, read Schools Must Measure Progress &
Report Results at

http://www.wrightslaw.com/info/nclb.measure.progress.htm

To learn more about this new law, read The No Child Left Behind Act - What
Does It Mean to You?

http://www.wrightslaw.com/info/nclb.index.htm

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3. SUMMER SALE! FREE SHIPPING & DISCOUNTS ON COMBOS

To make August a little easier, we offer good deals, great deals and super
deals in our Summer Sale!

Free Shipping on All Books- Save $4.95  

Between July 30 to August 15, 2002, Harbor House Law Press is offering
FREE SHIPPING on all Wrightslaw books!  

Free Shipping & Discounts on Combos - Save $9.95 or $14.95!

When you order Wrightslaw: Special Education Law and Wrightslaw: From
Emotions to Advocacy, you save $9.95 ($5.00. on the books and free
shipping at $4.95) 

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).

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4. EMPLOYMENT LAW PROTECTIONS FOR PARENTS OF DISABLED & ILL CHILDREN BY
LORING SPOLTER, ESQ.

"Parents of children having disabilities and serious medical conditions
are at high risk for employment discrimination."

"The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is a federal law which provides
important job protections to parents who take time off from work to be
with children receiving medical and psychiatric care or are recuperating
from serious health concerns."

"The law permits mothers and fathers to take unpaid leaves of absences
from work - with the promise of having jobs to come back to. With FMLA,
parents can take time off from work when their children are hospitalized
or are confronted with "serious health conditions" requiring routine
appointments with medical doctors, mental health counselors, physical
therapists, speech therapists and other professionals."

Attorney Loring Spolter describes qualifying conditions, leave,
protections, advanced notice, wages and benefits, awards and damages under
FMLA. He also provides a useful FMLA Leave Checklist and advice about
finding an attorney in your area.

Read Employment Law Protections for Parents of Disabled & Ill Children at
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http://www.wrightslaw.com/advoc/articles/fmla.protect.spolter.htm

For more good articles, please go to:

http://www.wrightslaw.com/articles.htm

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5. 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. On September 16, we will present a full day of advocacy
training. You will learn about: * Special education law, rights and
responsibilities;

* How to use the bell curve to measure progress & regression;
* SMART IEPs;
* How to use tactics & strategies for effective advocacy.

http://www.wrightslaw.com/speak/02.09.va.htm

This advocacy training workshop is appropriate for anyone who works with
children who receive special education services.

All registrants will receive Wrightslaw: Special Education Law and the
Virginia Special education Regulations. A buffet lunch will be provided at
conference site. The fee is $60.00 per person. Registration form.

Please download and distribute the flyer designed by the Autism Program of
Virginia at:

http://www.wrightslaw.com/flyers/va.02.pdf

Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy will be available for purchase at
the workshop.

For More Information Please call 804-355-0300 or 800-649-8481, email
information@autismva.org or visit www.autismva.org.

This program is sponsored by The Autism Program of Virginia, in
association with The Arc of Central Virginia and Virginia chapters of the
Autism Society of America.

Wrightslaw Training & Seminars

For information about training programs scheduled over the next few
months, please check our Seminars & Training page at
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 at
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What People Are Saying . . .

"Thank you for the most informative seminar I have ever attended. I
learned so much!" - Linda from Colorado

"For me, the most important part of the seminar was learning to put my
emotions behind me." - Bobbi from Colorado

"Thank you for the enjoyable, insightful, and motivating presentation on
the law. Pete, I wish my son could have heard the part of the presentation
about your school experiences. You should do a video for students with
dyslexia!" - Jil from Florida

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6. DO YOU NEED A GLOSSARY OF TERMS?

Do you teach a class about special education or special ed law? Are you
looking for definitions of legal and special ed terms?

Get our Glossary of Special Ed & Legal Terms.

In html - http://www.fetaweb.com/06/glossary.sped.legal.htm

In pdf - http://www.fetaweb.com/06/glossary.spedlegal.pdf

Do you teach a class about testing? Assessment? Do you have questions
about testing terms? Get our Glossary of Assessment Terms:

In html - http://www.fetaweb.com/06/glossary.assessment.htm

In pdf: http://www.fetaweb.com/06/glossary.assess.pdf

For more Free Resources, go to:

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7. SPECIAL EDUCATION PRACTICE IN VIRGINIA: AUGUST 22, 2002

The Virginia Legal Advocacy Center will offer its special education CLE,
Special Education Practice in Virginia, in Richmond on August 22, 2002.

Visit the Virginia Legal Advocacy Center website:

http://www.virginialac.org/

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:

http://www.wrightslaw.com/speak/02.08.va.htm

http://www.virginialac.org/content/training_aug2002.shtml

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