Special Ed Advocate Newsletter
At Wrightslaw, our goals are to help you gain the information and skills you need navigate the perplexing world of special education.
Highlights: Autism and PDD; debate about ABA /Lovaas therapy; functional behavior assessments & positive interventions; save $10 on Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy; anatomy of a Special Ed case; ABA/Lovaas caselaw; support groups & organizations; Wrightslaw programs in NH, AK, MD; help from Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities.
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1. Autism & Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDD)
week, Wrightslaw advocacy programs were sponsored by the Autism
Society of Indiana, the Indiana
Resource Center for Autism and the Autism
Society of America - Oakland Chapter. We want to thank the
leaders of these organizations for giving Indiana and Michigan
parents a chance to learn advocacy skills.
Some or all of the following characteristics may be observed:
Difficulty in relating to people, objects, and events
Unusual play with toys and other objects
Difficulty with changes in routine or familiar surroundings
Repetitive body movements or behavior patterns
2. Debate: ABA /Lovaas Therapy
receive many questions from parents, teachers, and health care
providers about appropriate special education services for
children with autism. One parent wrote:
Therapy is Effective, but Rare,
Laurie Tarkan of The New York Times describes problems
parents face in getting appropriate services for their children
with autism, including the failure to use effective educational
methods with these children. She writes, "A vast majority
of children with autism are not getting the intensive early
intervention that experts say is both essential and
Regardless of your child's disability, you need to educate
yourself about your child's disability, research-based
educational methods and medical treatments. You also need to
learn how to present your child's problems to school staff so
they want to help.
learn more about autism, ABA/Lovaas therapy, early intervention,
and research-based educational methods, please visit our Autism
3. Behavior & Discipline: Functional Behavior Assessments & Positive Interventions
the child a problem? Does the child have a problem? Is
suspension from school "good medicine for bad
behavior?" Is the school suspending the child for behavior
that is related to the disability?
Asked Questions: Discipline for Children with Disabilities.
Despite amendments to IDEA in 1997, schools continue to suspend
children with disabilities for behaviors that are related to
their disabilities. If you are confused about discipline, read
this memorandum from the U. S. Department of Education.
4. Save $10 on Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy - "An Invaluable Advocacy Tool"
I were asked to choose just one book to help me learn advocacy
skills, this is it!" - Support for Families of
Children with Disabilities Newsletter
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Jaynes has autism. His parents implemented an intensive
ABA/ Lovaas program and requested reimbursement for this
of a Special Education Case: ABA/Lovaas Therapy tells
the story of Stefan's case, from his diagnosis through the
due process hearing to the final decision from the U. S.
Court of Appeals for Fourth Circuit. Anatomy
of a Special Education Case includes links to the
pleadings and decisions in Stefan's case.
about ABA / Lovaas therapy continues to evolve. Here are links
to several decisions about educating children with autism.
C. v. Clark County Sch. Dist. and Nevada Dept of Educ.
(9th Cir. 2001). Court of Appeals reinstates hearing officer's
decision; chides school employees for failure to inform
parents of rights; procedural safeguards violations.
Jaynes v. Newport News (E.D. VA 2000). ABA/ Lovaas case;
school fails to provide appropriate program; judge orders
school to reimburse parents more than 100K.
more decisions, please visit the Caselaw
from Others: Organizations & Support Groups
Well Does Your IEP Measure Up? Step-by-step guide
to writing IEPs for children with autistic spectrum disorders.
Includes sample goal & objective templates;
recommendations for teaching strategies, educational
programming formats, useful resources.
a Win-Win IEP for Students with Autism. "This
book helped me to know what is needed in the IEP - a good tool
for parents who want services for their child but often don't
know how to ask. Devour this book before the next IEP
Please join us for a Wrightslaw special education law and advocacy program. These programs are usually "sold out" so if you plan to attend, don't procrastinate - register today!
New Hampshire (Boot Camp) - March 26-27, 2004
9. Need Help? Visit the Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities
you looking for a tutor or therapist? A
psychologist or educational diagnostician?
A speech language therapist? An advocate
you looking for a research-based
reading program? Review the list
of providers who use structured,
multisensory, alphabetic techniques. Check
of service providers from the
International Dyslexia Association.
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