Special Ed Advocate Newsletter
At Wrightslaw, our goals are to help you gain the information and skills you need navigate the confusing world of special education.
Highlights: States sit on 5.7 billion in federal funds; hiring a lay advocate or attorney; working with an educational consultant or evaluator; strategies for getting help - Yellow Pages for Kids & database of service providers; Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA) conference in San Francisco; Wrightslaw goes to the Midwest, provides special ed legal and advocacy training; 50% discount on Wrightslaw books; exam copies.
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1. Message from the Editor
January, many parents are feeling anxious about their children
with disabilities. In some cases, children are not receiving
appropriate Special Ed services and are not making progress. As
schools enforce "zero tolerance" policies, more
children are being disciplined for reasons related to their
2. States Sit on 5.7 Billion in Federal Education Funds
weeks ago, Sue Heath (research editor and co-author of Wrightslaw:
No Child Left Behind) learned that states returned
millions in unspent federal funds to the U.S. Treasury, and did
not spend these funds on education. (Read States
Send Millions Back to Feds)
3. Before You Hire a Lay Advocate or an Attorney by Jennifer Bollero, Esq.
to parent attorney Jennifer Bollero, the decision to hire an
advocate is unique to each case. If the parents decide they
could do a more effective job of negotiating for their child
with help from a third party, it helps to have guidelines to
evaluate the persons they are interviewing for the job. And you
should trust your instincts!
In Before You Hire a Lay Advocate, Ms. Bollero explains that a lay advocate should be:
properly trained in special education law
You Hire an Attorney, Ms. Bollero advises that the attorney
4. Working with Independent Evaluators and Educational Consultants
If you need help in developing goals and objectives for your child, consult with a psychologist, educational diagnostician, or consultant. A consultant will give you valuable information and help.
Working with Independent Evaluators and Educational Consultants is a short article about:
Types of Consultants / Evaluators
5. Help from the Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities
If you are looking for help or
a helper, visit the Yellow
Pages for Kids. When you visit your state Yellow
Pages, you will find many resources - evaluators,
therapists, tutors, Special Ed schools, and parent support
groups. You will also find information about government
programs, grassroots organizations, and support groups. Yellow
Pages for Kids with Disabilities
6. Council of Parent Attorneys & Advocates (COPAA) Conference in San Francisco, March 11-14, 2004
The Sixth Annual Conference of the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA), a national organization of parents of special education students and their advocates and lawyers, will be held on March 11-14, 2004 in San Francisco.
This information-packed event features workshops and trainings for parents, parent advocates and parent attorneys on dozens of topics.
Check out the Pre-Conference Skills Trainings (Thursday and Friday, March 11-12, 2004)
Survival Guide for New IDEA Attorneys
March: Pete & Pam Coming to Missouri, Illinois,
Indiana & Michigan in February!
Our 2004 schedule also includes programs in:
NH (Boot Camp) - March 26-27
8. Discounts & Exam Copies
50% Discount on Bulk Purchases of Wrightslaw Books -The Advocacy Challenge Discount is a 50-60% discount on bulk purchases of Wrightslaw books for groups and individuals who purchase boxes of books. If you are a Special Ed organization, parent group, teach an advocacy class, or engage in a similar venture, check out the Advocacy Challenge Discount.
Exam Copies - Teachers in colleges and universities around the country use Wrightslaw books in education, special education and special education law courses. Learn more
Wrightslaw books are reasonably priced ($29.95) - easy on tight student budgets.
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