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Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy #rti #nwea #aimsweb #rit #scores #remediation #tutoring #research-based


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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In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate you will find Wrightslaw Summer School 2017, Session 2. Summer School is a four week series of self-study readings, written assignments, and maybe even a quiz or two, that will help you prepare for the next school year. When you complete the series, you’ll get a certificate for a job well done! This week – parents must learn how to design accurate and up-to-date Present Levels. Learn why parent input is so important during this part of developing the IEP. Download the Present Levels Checklist.

Special Education Legal News

Breaking News! – On March 22, 2017, the Supreme Court in Endrew v. Douglas County unanimously rejects the de minimis standard (read the Decision ) for one that is markedly more demanding than the ‘merely more than de minimis’ test applied by the 10th Circuit. In his opinion, Chief Justice Roberts says a student offered an educational program providing merely more than de minimis progress from year to year can hardly be said to have been offered an education at all.” Click here to see Pete’s discussion and analysis of the SCOTUS decision.

Breaking News! – On February 22, 2017, the Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision for child and parents in Fry v. Napoleon. On October 31, 2016 after Oral Argument, Pete met the Fry family. For our discussion about the case, click here.

**New!M.C. v. Antelope Valley Union School District . ** First Court of Appeals decision since the Supreme Court issued the decision in Endrew F. The M.C. v. Antelope Valley will be a Wrightslaw 2017 Case of the Year.

Judge Neil Gorsuch: Nominee for the Supreme Court by Pete Wright. Predicting that Judge Gorsuch would likely be the nominee, Pete looked at his record in special education cases.

OCR Section 504 Guidance The U.S. Department of Education released three new sets of guidance (re: discrimination, restraint and seclusion, charter schools) about interpreting and enforcing federal civil rights laws protecting the rights of students with disabilities. Guidance clarifies the responsibilities of educational institutions in ensuring that all students have the opportunity to learn.

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Hot Topics in Special Education Law Advocacy

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

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.

* 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.

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

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.

2017 Institute of Special Education Law Advocacy (ISEA) July 30 – August 4, 2017. Registration is open.
Find conference details and download the application. Applications will be considered on rolling basis bi-monthly, from February 1, 2017-July 15, 2017. Highlights from ISEA 2016 .View the Slideshow – ISEA 2016 .

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).

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.

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

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

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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Nursing Home Litigation – CANHR #canhr, #ccrc, #long #term #care #advocacy, #lawyer #referral #service,


Nursing Home Litigation

By William F. Taylor, Esq.

A decade ago few attorneys in California were aware of the magnitude of the resident neglect taking place in nursing homes and other institutional settings. Even fewer were aware of the legal remedies available and the strategic and tactical approaches to take in successfully representing injured nursing home residents and their families. Today, thanks in significant part to the advocacy and educational efforts of CANHR, that has changed for the better.

Most attorneys engaged in representing consumers are now aware of this field of practice, and may have focused their practices on helping the victims of neglect and abuse to secure compensation. Today, an elder who suffers an avoidable fall, or who develops a serious pressure ulcer, or who is subjected to other forms of abuse and neglect, has a much better chance of being able to locate counsel to provide representation.

These are all positive developments. Unfortunately, despite the increased attention focused on the problems of nursing home residents, neglect and abuse continue. Here are just three examples noted from a review of recent State investigations (See CANHR Citation Watch Consumer Report contained in the CANHR Advocate, Spring 2006, based upon a review of data from the California Department of Health Services):

  • A resident admitted to a Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) on 4/4/05 was noted to be at risk of pressure ulcers, yet over the next four months the care plan, which called for a specialty mattress, was ignored, and a heel pressure ulcer developed, and grew worse leading to gangrene and amputation. [Citation 03140702339]
  • On 9/12/05, a resident was transferred by a single staff member without assistance, in violation of a care plan requiring a two person assist using a mechanical lift; the resident fell to the floor, fractured both legs, and died two days later. [Citation 07175202608]
  • On 1/10/05 a resident complained that she had been placed in bed against her will and that a staff member stuffed a sock in her mouth, which caused her mouth to bleed. The episode of abuse was corroborated, yet the facility failed to report the incident to the Department of health Services until one month later. [Citation 01173702174]

These examples can be multiplied hundreds of times. Many attorneys who have attended CANHR conferences can cite far worse cases.

In fact, the extent of neglect may be growing worse due to a decline in the regulatory efforts to enforce the nursing home standard of care regulations. In the past several years the efforts of the California Department of Health Services, never very effective in its enforcement efforts, have grown even weaker, with the Department of Health Services failing to investigate complaints of abuse, neglect and patient rights violations within the time frame allowed by law. CANHR has brought suit against the California Department of Health Services because of its failure to comply with the time requirements for investigating complaints about conditions and treatment in nursing homes.

At the same time, the nursing home industry as it calls itself has embraced a number of practices, including, in some cases, the withholding of patients charts pending internal review. In an effort to avoid liability, nursing home chains have created corporate or limited liability shells for each individual facility. Other facilities have reduced or eliminated insurance coverage. And the industry has, of course, turned to the media and legislature to complain about how unfair it is that they can be sued. Defense attorneys have also become more sophisticated, with a number of firms now specializing in the defense of elder abuse cases.

In this author s view, the primary underlying problem remains the same. It is the unrestrained drive for profits that often results in nursing home owners and operators ignoring the legally mandated minimums of staffing, service and care. This attitude best accounts for the pervasive patterns of neglect and abuse that have been detected and documented in California s nursing homes over the past three decades.*

*For example, see California Nursing Homes: Care Problems Persist Despite Federal and State Oversight (July 1998), USGAO Report to the Special Committee on Aging, United State Senate. See also the following reports by the Commission on California State Government Organization and Economy (the Little Hoover Commission): Care Without Dignity (April 1991); The Medical Care of California s Nursing Home Residents: Inadequate Care, Inadequate Oversight (February 1989); New and Continuing Impediments to Improving the Quality of Life and the Quality of Care in California s Nursing Homes (May 1987); The Bureaucracy of Care: Continuing Policy Issues for Nursing Home Services and Regulation (August 12983); Long Term Care: Providing Compassion Without Confusion (December 1979). See also CANHR, Status Report on California s Nursing Home Industry (1997); Citation Report: California s Nursing Homes for 2002 (2001 and 2002).

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