Special Ed Advocate Newsletter
Highlights: What is your IEP IQ?; IDEA reauthorization - advocates speak out, organize, demonstrate; 8 steps to better IEP meetings - play hearts, not poker; how to use a parent IEP attachment; IEP info and resources; Wrightslaw programs sell out; get help from the Yellow Pages for Kids; discounts on Wrightslaw books; exam copies.
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1. What is Your IEP IQ? Take the IEP Quiz to Find Out!
To be an effective advocate for your child, you need to learn the law. You also need to learn how to use the law without starting no-win battles.
Few parents or educators learn about legal rights and responsibilities by reading statutes, regulations and cases. Most people get information from training sessions, articles, listserv advice, and informal discussions with others. Parents get advice from educators and other parents - and this advice is often wrong!
Your knowledge can rise no higher than your source.
must read the law. The only way to fully understand
your legal rights and responsibilities is by reading and
rereading the law.
2. IDEA Reauthorization: Advocacy Groups Speak Out, Organize, Demonstrate
Back to School, Backs to the Wall on IDEA Reauthorization. Learn about the battle to preserve the good IDEA, key issues, what you should do and say.
Talking Points. Issues parents and advocates
should address in the reauthorization battle
(discipline, elimination of short-term objectives and
benchmarks, elimination of procedural protections for
parents and kids, more).
3. 8 Steps to Better IEP Meetings: Play Hearts, Not Poker by Jennifer Bollero, Esq.
Steps to Better IEP Meetings: Play Hearts, Not Poker,
Jennifer Bollero, an attorney and mother of a child with autism,
explains that if you learn "the rules" and strategies,
you reduce the risks when you negotiate for your child.
4. Tip: How to Use a Parent IEP Attachment
at IEP meetings? Are your questions are not answered?
5. IEP Info & Resources
If you are like most people who visit Wrightslaw, you have questions about IEPs. We built the IEP Page with articles, law and regulations, tactics and strategies, tips, recommended reading, and free publications to answer your questions.
Learn about IEPs
writes, "Your Florida Boot Camp was 'sold out.' I was on a
waiting list with at least 100 others and could not attend. I
will always regret this. Will the program take place
again in the future? If so, when?"
December, we did a one-day Advocacy Training Program in Oklahoma
- sold out!
The Wrightslaw programs scheduled for this winter and spring are filling up fast. If you plan to attend, please register soon. If you wait, you may find yourself in Deb's shoes - feeling regret.
Tour in February
New Hampshire (Boot Camp) - March 26-27,
7. 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 or attorney?
you looking for a research-based
reading program? Review the list
of providers who use structured, multisensory, alphabetic
8. Discounts & Exam Copies
50% Discount on Bulk Purchases of Wrightslaw Books -The Advocacy Challenge Discount is a 50 discount on bulk purchases of Wrightslaw books.
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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