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Wrightslaw: From Emotion to Advocacy, 2nd Edition

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    by Pam Wright and Pete Wright

     

    Section One: Getting Started 

    • Basic advocacy skills
    • Supplies you need to get started
    • How to develop a master plan for your child's education

    Section Two: Advocacy 101

    • Schools as bureaucracies and the rules of the game
    • Obstacles to success - school culture, myths, gatekeepers, and emotions
    • Common causes of conflict
    • Steps you can take to prevent or resolve problems
    • Events that trigger parent-school crises

    Section Three: The Parent as Expert

    • Why you must become an expert about your child's disability and educational needs
    • How to organize your child's file, step by step
    • How to use information from evaluations to understand your child's disability
    • How to use test scores to monitor and measure your child's progress
    • How to write SMART IEP goals and objectives

    Section Four: Special Education Law

    • The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004 (IDEA 2004)
    • Findings and purposes of the IDEA
    • Definitions in the IDEA
    • Extended school year (ESY), child find, least restrictive environment (LRE), private placements, statewide assessments
    • Requirements for identifying children with specific learning disabilities - Discrepancy Formulas and Response to Intervention (RTI)
    • Evaluations, eligibility, IEPs, and placement
    • Prior written notice, procedural safeguards, mediation, due process hearings, appeals, discipline, and age of majority
    • Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act
    • The No Child Left Behind Act and implications for children with disabilities

    Section Five: Tactics and Strategies

    • "The Rules of Adverse Assumptions"; first impressions; image and presentation
    • How to use logs, calendars, and journals to create paper trails
    • How to write effective letters (includes sample letters)
    • How to write a persuasive "Letter to the Stranger" (includes sample letters)
    • How to use IEP worksheets, parent agendas, visual aids & graphs of progress or lack of progress (includes sample worksheets and agendas)
    • Roles of experts; how to use an expert to help develop an appropriate educational program
    • Pros and cons of recording meetings; strategies

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