Special Ed Advocate Newsletter
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Wrightslaw, our goals are to help you gain the information and
skills you need to navigate the confusing world of special
education. In this issue, we look at Section 504, discrimination,
damages, and IDEA.
update & game plan; self-advocacy - know yourself, what you
need, how to get it; help for college kids; damages,
discrimination and Section 504; protecting kids from harassment
& bullying at school; advocacy training in Florida and
1. IDEA Update & Game Plan
was the outcome on the IDEA Reauthorization vote last
"How can I learn the status of H R 1350? Was it passed? Denied? Rewritten?"
April 30, 2003, the House of Representatives voted 251-171 to
approve H. R. 1350, the Republican bill to reauthorize the
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
your calls and letters on National Call in Day, many
Representatives said they knew little about H.R. 1350. Hmmm.
learned that Representatives received a "Dear
Colleague Letter" advising them that they would
receive calls on April 29, that the calls were part of a
coordinated effort to spread false information about the bill
and would include incomplete, misleading, and false info from
"opponents of improving the nation's special education
advice about how to educate Senators and how to frame the debate
about IDEA, read "IDEA
Update & Game Plan" at -
2. Self-Advocacy: Know Yourself, Know What You Need, Know How to Get It by Nancy Johnson
is the ability to understand and effectively communicate one's
needs to other individuals. Learning to become an effective
self-advocate is all about educating the people around you.
There are three steps to becoming an effective self-advocate . .
3. Help for College Kids- Flyer from Wrightslaw
The transition from high school to college is difficult - and this transition is usually harder for kids with disabilities. Although college students with disabilities are protected from discrimination under Section 504, some professors take a dim view of students who request accommodations.
How can you help your college-bound child make a successful transition to college?
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.
4. Damages, Discrimination & Section 504
people have questions about damages. Several courts of
appeals have ruled that before bringing a damages case under
Section 504 and/or the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA),
parents must first exhaust their administrative remedies under
5. Protecting Students from Harassment and Hate Crime: A Guide for Schools
Many children experience sexual, racial and ethnic harassment at school. Protecting Students from Harassment and Hate Crime provides guidance about protecting students from harassment and violence based on race, color, national origin, sex, and disability.
Protecting Students from Harassment and Hate Crime was published by the U. S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights and the National Association of Attorneys General and is endorsed by the National School Boards Association.
Topics addressed in this comprehensive, step-by-step manual include:
* Developing the District's Written Anti-Harassment Policy
* Identifying and Responding to Incidents of Harassment
* Formal Complaint / Grievance Procedures
* Creating a School Climate that Supports Racial, Cultural, and other Forms of Diversity
* Addressing Hate Crimes & Conflicts in School and the Community
Strategy: If you are advocating for a child who has been
harassed or bullied at school, download Protecting
Students from Harassment and Hate Crime from the U. S.
Department of Education's site:
can also download Protecting
Students as an html file: http://www.ed.gov/pubs/Harassment/
6. May Advocacy Training: Jacksonville FL & Roanoke, VA
Boot Camp, special ed was occupying every worry cell in my
brain. Now that I have a road map, I worry less and accomplish
more." - Carolyn from Oklahoma
Knowledge is power. When you have information and skills, you will be a more effective advocate for your child. Our role is to help you gain knowledge so you can negotiate with the school on your child's behalf.
have never learned so much useful information at a workshop -
thank you for having a heart for kids and the head for the Law."
- Susan from Texas
Wrightslaw training programs focus on four areas: special education laws, rights & responsibilities; how to use the bell curve to measure progress & regression; SMART IEPs; and how to use tactics & strategies for effective advocacy.
attended your Boot Camp with two coworkers. We learned SO MUCH
in those two days! Your books could not be more helpful to
anyone who works with special education students." -
Christie from Kansas
We are now booking programs for 2004. To learn how you can bring Pete & Pam Wright to your community, please read our FAQs about Seminars.
7. Subscription & Contact Info
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