"If you think education is expensive, try ignorance." -- Benjamin Franklin
The second section of Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy is Advocacy 101.
"You will learn about
gatekeepers, special education teams, and one-size-fits-all (OSFA) programs. When
you learn the rules of the game, you will be a more effective advocate and negotiator
for your child." (From
Emotions to Advocacy, page 23)
If you are like many parents, emotions are your Achilles heel. In Chapter 7, you learn the most common causes of parent-school crises -- why parents ask for help. We provide strategies for long-term planning and short term relief.
More Articles About Advocacy
Emergency! Crisis! Help! Classic article for parents about dealing with a crisis.
Emotions to Advocacy: The Parent's Journey. Classic article about dealing
with your child's disability and how to manage your emotions.
People Make: Advocates. Because
the non-lawyer advocate plays an extremely important role in the special education
process, advocates must be mindful of their power and the trust parents place
in them. The more serious mistakes advocates may make are generally ones of excess
. . . Read article
People Make - Schools. Anything a school system does that undermines parents'
trust creates a climate that is costly in dollars, time, peace of mind, and the
quality and success of services given to the child. This article describes the
most common mistakes school systems make.
Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd Edition
Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd Edition- The Special Education Survival Guide (ISBN 1-892320-08-8) by Pamela Wright and Peter Wright has hundreds of tips, strategies, references, warnings and Internet resources. This practical, user-friendly book includes:
In this comprehensive, easy-to-read book, you learn to:
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