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Parents, educators, advocates, and attorneys come to Wrightslaw for accurate, reliable information about special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities.

Begin your search in the Advocacy Libraries and Law Libraries. You will find thousands of articles, cases, and resources about dozens of topics

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* * * On June 28, 2016, the U. S. Supreme Court just granted Certiorari in Fry v. Napoleon Comm. Sch. Dist. Click here for our link to Fry. This "service dog" case is about whether the parents had to exhaust their administrative remedies (file for due process) prior to filing in federal court for damages. * * *

** New Guidance on FAPE - IEP Goals Must Be Aligned with Grade Level State Academic Content Standards **
If a child is performing below grade level, s/he needs to receive specialized instruction; IEP team needs to develop annual goals to "close the gap." (Policy Guidance from OSERS, 11/16/15)


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In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate you will learn when your child's IEP must include transportation and what details are important. Hot Topics: School Bus Issues! Transportation in the IEP.

You are Invited to visit the Wrightslaw Way Blog. Help us create a unique online community. Recent posts and comments ...

Feds Sue: Georgia's Segregated Schools for Kids with Disabilities are Illegal
Ensuring Meaningful Communication with Parents who have Limited English Proficiency
Wrightslaw Training Coming to Lafayette, IN on November 4, 2016

Hot Topics in Special Education Law & Advocacy

New! Guidance Publication on Educating Students with Dyslexia, Dyscalculia and Dysgraphia The USDOE issued guidance about the need to address the "unique educational needs of children with dyslexia, dysgraphia and dyscalculia" and the legal requirements for ensuring that these students receive a "high-quality education." Please make copies and share!

Cool Tool! IEP Pop-Up - IEP Pop-Up: Resolving Disputes teaches strategies to resolve disagreements, steps to take if you disagree, and options you have if unable to resolve your dispute.

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Play Hearts, Not Poker - Eight Steps to Better IEP Meetings
How to Deal with a Hostile Environment at School
Advocacy - Negotiating with the School for Special Education Services

* New to Wrightslaw? * In this short video, Pete Wright gives you a tour of Wrightslaw and shows you how to find answers to questions.

Sound Familiar? Charles wrote, "All of this is new. I'm overwhelmed. Where do I start?" In Game Plan for New Parents, we give you a checklist of what you need to do tomorrow, next week, next year.

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 focused on false allegations of child abuse by the school principal.

Law: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA 2004)

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Signed December 10, 2015 - (391 pages in PDF), click here to download

Model Forms for IEPs, Procedural Safeguards, Prior Written Notice
What You Need to Know About IDEA 2004

Ebonie S. v. Pueblo School District - In federal court, the jury returned a 2.2 million dollar verdict.
The Complaint alleged that "Ebonie was routinely restrained in a 'secure wrap-around table' during the school day at Bessemer Academy" . . . [and] this restraint was "for the convenience of the Defendants. She was restrained because it was easier for the Defendants than providing District staff with appropriate training to address the challenging behaviors often exhibited in a special needs classroom." (Paragraph 36). It was further alleged that this table was only used on children with disabilities so its use violated the US Constitution, Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Links to the Complaint, Jury Instructions and Jury Verdict below. Pueblo appealed to the 10th Circuit. (Note: see other federal court complaints on our Law Library: Fed Court Complaints page.)

The Federal Court Complaint
The Jury Instructions
The $2.2M Jury Verdict

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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.

2016 Institute of Special Education Law & Advocacy (ISEA) July 31 - August 5, 2016.
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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 (ISBN: 978-1-892320-12-4) Download Available Only.

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 (ISBN: 978-1-892320-23-0, 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 Childs Test Scores (1.5 hrs) and Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Training (6.5 hrs).

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.

No Child Left Behind at Wrightslaw offers accurate, up-to-date information about the No Child Left Behind Act - research-based instruction, proficiency testing, parent involvement, tutoring and supplemental educational services, highly qualified teachers, and public school choice.

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 groups.

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