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Hot Topics in Special Ed Law & Advocacy l Special Education l
IDEA 504 l New Blog Posts

Books, Training Downloads, DVDs, Websites

Coronavirus FAQs:
If you are like most parents, you have questions about how the coronavirus will affect your child’s special education program. In this week’s issue of the Special Ed Advocate, we answer your questions about IEP team meetings, help you create a paper trail to document your child’s special education during the school closure, and recommend a terrific new movie — Crip Camp — to watch with your kids.

Can Schools Waive Children’s Rights Under IDEA and Section 504?
Can IEP Meetings Be Postponed Until After Schools Re-Open?
Coronavirus Closed My Child’s School: Now What?
The School Closed Suddenly and I Need Help!

Hot Topics in Special Education Law and Advocacy

$450,000 Settlement in a Teacher Abuse Case
Persistent Myths About IEPs, 504s, College Admissions and Accommodations
Transition Planning: Setting Lifelong Goals

Special Education / Education

Five Mistakes Parents Make (and How to Learn from Them)
Why You Need to Begin Transition Planning Early
Do Colleges Have to Follow IEPs or 504 Plans?

Listen and Watch Pete’s video about the case AC v. Shelby County. In April 2013, the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit issued a decision about retaliation against a child with Type 1 diabetes. The case on false allegations of child abuse by the school principal.

Law: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA 2004)

Resources, Pubs

2004 Resources
for College Students with Disabilities Flyer

Need to find an attorney, advocate, tutor, therapist in your state? Visit the Yellow
Pages for Kids with Disabilities

Law School Exam – Give it a try. Take the Final Exam that Pete and Pam administered to their students at the William &
Mary School of Law. To see one of their students during oral argument in an
LRE case, click here.

Tribute to Diana Hanbury King (September 2, 1927 – June 15, 2018) – Pete’s Orton-Gillingham tutor in the early 1950’s. As a tribute for and in preparation for Diana’s 90th Birthday Party held at the Kildonan School on September 2, 2017, Pete prepared a special page about Diana. Until her work with Pete using the Orton-Gillingham Approach for two years, he was labeled as uneducable.

Books, Training Downloads, DVDs & Websites

For a year and a half, Pete and Pam Wright were
Adjunct Professors of Law at the William and Mary School of Law where they
taught a course about special education law and advocacy and assisted in creating the Law School’s Special Education Law Clinic. They are co-founders and faculty at the William and Mary Law School Institute of Special Education Advocacy (ISEA).

They are co-authors
of several books published by
Harbor House
Law Press
Pete and Pam Wright
Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition (ISBN: 978-1-892320-16-2, 456 pages) available in two formats, as a print publication and as a print and e-book combo.

Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd Edition (978-1-892320-09-4, 338 pages)

Wrightslaw: No Child Left Behind with Suzanne Whitney [OUT OF PRINT] (ISBN: 978-1-892320-12-4) This statutue (NCLB) has been replaced with Every Student Succeeds Act. NCLB is old law and only available from Wrightslaw as an adobe.pdf download. We have taken our print version out of circulation.

Wrightslaw: All About IEPs (ISBN: 978-1-892320-20-9, 192 pages) by Pete Wright, Pam Wright, and Sue O’Connor.

Wrightslaw: All About Tests and Assessments, 2nd Edition (ISBN: 978-1-892320-31-5, 200 pages) by Pete Wright, Pam Wright, and Melissa Farrall.

Surviving Due Process: Stephen Jeffers v. School Board DVD Video – award-winning documentary, 2 hours

Wrightslaw Multimedia Training Programs – Understanding Your Child’s Test Scores (1.5 hrs) and Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Training (6.5 hrs).

Year in Review Series

Wrightslaw: Special Education Legal Developments and Cases 2018 (ISBN: 978-1-892320-47-6, 146 pages) available as an immediate PDF download.

Wrightslaw: Special Education Legal Developments and Cases 2017 (ISBN: 978-1-892320-42-1, 125 pages) available as an immediate PDF download and Print book/PDF Combo.

Wrightslaw: Special Education Legal Developments and Cases 2016 (ISBN: 978-1-892320-40-7, 120 pages) available as an immediate PDF download.

Wrightslaw: Special Education Legal Developments and Cases 2015 (ISBN: 978-1-892320-37-7, 104 pages) available as an immediate PDF download.

Print books in the Year in Review Series are available on Amazon.

Pete and Pam built several websites to help parents of children with
disabilities in their quest for quality special education programs.

Fetaweb.com, the companion website to Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, has advocacy information and resources to supplement the FETA book.

IDEA 2004 at Wrightslaw provides current information about the Individuals
with Disabilities Education Act of 2004 (IDEA 2004). Learn about new requirements
for IEPs, IEP teams, IEP meetings, eligibility, evaluations, eligibility for specific
learning disabilities, child find, reevaluations, parental consent, accommodations,
alternate assessments, transition, and more.

At the Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities,
you’ll find listings for educational consultants, advocates, advisors,
psychologists, diagnosticians, health care specialists, academic tutors,
speech language therapists, and attorneys. You’ll also find government
programs, grassroots organizations, disability organizations, legal and
advocacy resources, special education schools, and parent support


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