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My Great Kid Radio: Special Education Law w/ Wrightslaw

We had the great honor on October 25th of last year to interview Peter Wright from Wrightslaw.

Pete is a pioneer in the area of Special Education Law and truly one of the ultimate child advocates in this country.  We had the joy of being able to host a Wrightslaw conference in 2008 and were stunned at not only the overwhelming response the conference received but also the great generosity that Pete showed in working with us and helping parents at the conference.

Unfortunately, this interview was one of the one’s lost from the blog when our servers were hit last year with a series of unfortunate events.  So we’ve reposted the interview again for your learning and listening enjoyment.

The timing of this repost is fantastic because it just happens to coincide with the release of the top information shared on the Wrightslaw website last year.  So if you’re new to Wrightslaw you’ve got a great outline to start your education below.  Of course, even if you’re not new to Wrightslaw and Special Education Law you can’t go wrong with the outline presented below either.

Stay tuned for an upcoming announcement regarding a soon to be announced Wrightslaw conference in the Detroit Metro area.

The Wrightslaw Top 10 Informational Articles From 2009

  1. Tests and Measurements for the Parent, Teacher, Advocate & Attorney
  2. Wrightslaw Game Plan: SMART IEPs
  3. Functional Behavior Assessments: What, Why, When, Where, and Who?
  4. Response to Intervention: Guidelines for Parents and Practitioners
  5. IEPs for Children with Behavior Problems
  6. Key Differences Between Section 504, ADA, and IDEA
  7. Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) & FAPE
  8. Supreme Court Issues Pro-Child Decision in Forest Grove School District v. T.A.
  9. 10 Tips: How to Use IDEA 2004 to Improve Your Child’s Special Education
  10. Reading Tests: What They Measure…and Don’t Measure

Hot Special Education Topics From 2009

  1. Response to Intervention (RTI)
  2. Discrimination: Section 504 and ADA
  3. Individualized Education Programs (IEPs)
  4. IDEA 2004
  5. Behavior Problems and Discipline
  6. Special Education Caselaw
  7. Autism, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Asperger Syndrome
  8. No Child Left Behind
  9. Inclusion, Least Restrictive Environment (LRE), Mainstreaming
  10. Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD/ADHD)

Top 10 Education / Special Education Law Cases Discussed in 2009

  1. Bd. Ed. Hendrick Hudson Sch. Dist. v. Amy Rowley
  2. Honig v. Doe
  3. Forest Grove School District v. T.A.
  4. Fitzgerald v. Barnstable
  5. Burlington Sch. Comm. v. Mass. Dept Ed
  6. Henrico v. R.T.
  7. Florence County Sch. Dist. IV v. Shannon Carter
  8. Jarron Draper v. Atlanta Independent Public Schools
  9. Cedar Rapids v. Garret F.
  10. Irving v. Tatro

Top 10 Blog Posts From 2009

  1. Does a Child Need an IEP AND a 504 Plan?
  2. How Can I Develop SMART IEP Goals for Behavior Problems?
  3. Should Poor Organizational Skills be Accommodated in an IEP?
  4. When Schools Punish Sick Children Who Miss School: A Game Plan
  5. IEP FAQs: Can More than one Disability Be Listed in an IEP?
  6. Should Your Child’s IEP Include Extended Year Services (ESY)?
  7. Is ADHD a learning disability? I’ve been told “no, it’s not.”
  8. IEP FAQs: Is There a 10 Day Timeline for IEP Meetings?
  9. Getting Help for a Child with a Behavior Disorder
  10. Handcuffs? Bruises? Disability Rights Files Suit Against Wake County Schools


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