Subj: THE SPECIAL ED ADVOCATE, MAY 23, 2001 (V. 4, N. 14)
Date: 5/23/01 10:58:47 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: The third issue in the IEP series: New IEP Resources Page; Advocacy Tips about IEP Meetings, Parent Attachments, Recording Meetings; new IEP section in the Bookstore.

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1. NEW IEP PAGE! 

We are revising the Wrightslaw site! Check the new IEP Page. 

This new page has links to the new IEP Quiz, IEP FAQs, articles and tips about IEPs, legal information and cases, free resources, and book reviews and recommendations.

After you visit the new IEP page, drop us a line and let us know what you think of this page and our new look.

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

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2. HOW AND WHY TO TAPE IEP MEETINGS by Brice Palmer

If you are having a dispute about your child's special education program, it's a good idea to tape IEP meetings. Vermont advocate Brice Palmer explains the nuts and bolts of taping meetings.

http://www.wrightslaw.com/advoc/tips/palmer.meeting.tape.htm

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3. HOW TO PREPARE FOR IEP MEETINGS by Parent Attorney Sonja Kerr

Parents often say that when they go to IEP meetings, the school staff will not answer their questions or requests. Parent attorney Sonja Kerr has a good approach that parents can use when caught up in the IEP meeting quagmire.

If you are preparing for an IEP meeting, read Sonja Kerr's tips about IEP meetings, FAPE, and measuring progress. Learn why Sonja says, "This is like playing 20 questions with the devil!"

http://www.wrightslaw.com/advoc/guest/Kerr_Meetings_Progess.htm

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4. HOW TO USE A PARENT IEP ATTACHMENT by Judy Bonnell.

What happens when you make requests at your child's IEP meeting? Do you know what requests were accepted and what requests are still on the table? Advocate Judy Bonnell developed a simple form that you can use to track your requests.

This form will help eliminate worries that someone will drop the ball, sidestep a request, or forget. The IEP team knows what issues have been resolved and what issues are still on the table. If you use this system, the IEP process may be a little more "parent friendly."

For a copy of this Tip and the "IEP Attachment" in html, go to:

http://www.wrightslaw.com/advoc/tips/Judy_IEP_Attachment.html

Get the "IEP Attachment" as a pdf file:

http://www.wrightslaw.com/advoc/tips/Judy_IEP_Attachment.pdf

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5. NEW IEP BOOK PAGE

The IEP is the heart of your child's special education program. We pulled together good books about IEPs, and how to write IEP goals and objectives that will help.

http://www.wrightslaw.com/bkstore/bks_iep.htm

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