Subj: THE SPECIAL ED ADVOCATE, JULY 19, 2001 (V. 4, N. 19)
Date: 7/19/01 11:14:58 AM Pacific Daylight Time
From: webmaster@wrightslaw.com (Wrightslaw)
Reply-to: webmaster@wrightslaw.com
To: special-ed-advocate@lists.wrightslaw.com (THE SPECIAL ED ADVOCATE)

Highlights: Learn about mediation; sneak preview of new Wrightslaw advocacy book; new topics pages.

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1. SNEAK PREVIEW - FROM EMOTIONS TO ADVOCACY - THE SPECIAL ED SURVIVAL GUIDE

2. LEARNING ABOUT MEDIATION 

3. NEW MEDIATION PAGE

4. HEADLINE NEWS; A-Z TOPICS PAGE

5. SUBSCRIPTION & CONTACT INFO

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1. SNEAK PREVIEW - FROM EMOTIONS TO ADVOCACY - THE SPECIAL ED SURVIVAL GUIDE

Many of you know that we have been working on a new book for more than a year. Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy - The Special Education Survival Guide, is finished!
 
In June, we sent the manuscript to the designer for cover and layout. After the designer completes this work, the book will go to the printer. You can expect to receive a  pre-publication offer in a few weeks.

In the final stages, we received help from more than a dozen parent advocates who edited the book and offered hundreds of suggestions that we included in the final manuscript.

We'd like you to have a Sneak Preview of Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy:

Info page: http://www.wrightslaw.com/bkstore/ourbooks/feta.htm

Introduction: http://www.wrightslaw.com/bkstore/ourbooks/feta.intro.pdf

Complete TOC: http://www.wrightslaw.com/bkstore/ourbooks/feta.toc.long.pdf

Early reviews: http://www.wrightslaw.com/bkstore/ourbooks/feta.reviews.htm

To learn more about our books and projects, please visit the Publications Page

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

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2. LEARNING ABOUT MEDIATION 

When Congress amended the IDEA in 1997, they added mediation as a way to resolve disputes between parents and schools. What is mediation? How does it work? Can it help? Should you request mediation?

How are mediators trained? Are mediators really impartial? What do you need to know about mediation?

Parent-school disputes are similar to family disputes - a child is involved, the stakes are high, and emotions run strong. You need to learn about the mediation process, what mediation can and cannot accomplish. If you know how mediation works -- including pitfalls -- you'll be in a
better position to use mediation successfully.

These articles will help you learn about mediation:

* The School Offered Mediation - What Should We Do? Letter from parents  asking for advice about mediation. What should the parents do? How can they prepare?

http://www.wrightslaw.com/advoc/ltrs/faqs_mediation.htm

Mediation: A Tactics & Strategy Session with Pete and Pam Wright

http://www.wrightslaw.com/advoc/articles/info_mediation.html

* Learning to Negotiate is Part of the Advocacy Process by Vermont advocate Brice Palmer. Describes negotiation process, offers excellent advice about tactics and techniques.

http://www.wrightslaw.com/advoc/tips/palmer_negotiation_process.htm

* Mediation Pitfalls - Dialogue Between Sonja Kerr and Pete Wright

http://www.wrightslaw.com/info/mediation.concerns.htm

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3. NEW FROM WRIGHTSLAW - MEDIATION PAGE

To answer your questions about mediation, we built the Mediation Page with links to

* articles about mediation
* tactics & strategy info about mediation 
* law about mediation
* recommended reading about mediation 

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

Other topics pages:

IEP Page: http://www.wrightslaw.com/info/iep.index.htm

FAPE Page: http://www.wrightslaw.com/info/fape.index.htm

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4. HEADLINE NEWS; A-Z TOPICS PAGE

Want to know what's new in education and law? Visit these pages for education & legal headline news!

http://www.wrightslaw.com/

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

As we continue to revise the site, we are re-organizing 100s of files so it will be easier for you to find information. We've added a seach box on every page. For information about dozens of topics, from advocacy and autism to retention and Section 504, please visit our new "A to Z Topics Page"

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

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5. SUBSCRIPTION & CONTACT INFO

The Special Ed Advocate is a free online newsletter about special education legal and advocacy issues, cases, tactics and strategy, and Internet resources.

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CONTACT INFORMATION 

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