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Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy - The Special Education Survival Guide Paperback – October 6, 2001


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Harbor House Law Pr (October 6, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1892320088
  • ISBN-13: 978-1892320087
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,121,420 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A superb reference, From Emotions To Advocacy should be found in all community library Parenting reference collections . . . -- Internet Bookwatch, May 2002

Expect this book to become tabbed and dog-eared as it becomes an invaluable advocacy tool. Essential reading for any parent. -- Tourette Gazette/ Fall 2002

FETA is one of the latest and best special education advocacy books available. -- Advocate/First Signs Newsletter/Winter 2003

If I were asked to choose just one book to help me learn advocacy skills, this is it! -- Suppport for Families of Children with Disabilities, Summer 2002

If I were asked to choose just one book to help me learn advocacy skills, this is it. -- San Francisco's Support For Families Newsletter/Spring 2004

Read the chapters about tests and measurements and SMART IEPs - this information is essential for parents and professionals. -- Hands and Voices Communicator, Summer 2002

The Wright’s lead the readers of this book on a journey from feeling overwhelmed to feeling confident and capable. -- 2e Advocacy Newsletter/Spring 2004

With Peter and Pamela Wright’s book, parents today have expert advice at their fingertips. -- Adoptive Families Magazine/ September 2003

Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy by Pam & Pete Wright provides a clear roadmap to effective advocacy. -- DD Quarterly, Summer 2002

Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy is filled with practical advice about how to obtain better services for children. -- Brimstone Bulletin, Summer 2002

About the Author

Pete and Pam Wright, best-selling authors of Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, provide informative and inspirational advice about special education advocacy through the Wrightslaw site.

Pete is an attorney who represents children with disabilities. He represented Shannon Carter before the U. S. Supreme Court in Florence County School District IV v. Carter (510 U.S. 7). Pam is a psychotherapist who writes about advocacy for children with disabilities. She is the editor of The Special Ed Advocate newsletter.


More About the Author

Pete and Pam Wright are the founders of Wrightslaw, created in November 1993 after Pete successfully represented Shannon Carter before the United States Supreme Court. He won a landmark victory in Florence County v. Shannon Carter, 510 U.S. 7, that has benefited all children with disabilities.

Pete is an attorney who represents children with special educational needs. Pete struggled with learning disabilities, including dyslexia, dysgraphia and ADHD. His determination to help children grew out of his own educational experiences.

Pam is a psychotherapist who has worked with children and families since the 1970's. Her training and experience in clinical psychology and clinical social work give her a unique perspective on parent-child-school dynamics, problems, and solutions. Pam has written extensively about raising, educating, and advocating for children with disabilities.

Pete and Pam are Adjunct Professors of Law at the William and Mary Law School. They have written books and produced an award winning DVD to provide parents, advocates, educators, and attorneys with accurate, up-to-date information about special education law and advocacy. Pete and Pam train thousands of parents and advocates across the nation annually and have created and produced a Wrightslaw multimedia training program.

Pete and Pam have two sons, a daughter, two daughters-in-law, and three beautiful grandkids. They love to sail, windsurf, fish, kayak, explore, and have adventures on the Chesapeake Bay at their home on Stingray Point VA. Pete (AD4VI) and Pam (KF4LCU) are amateur radio operators as well.


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The book is written in a format that is easy to understand.
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Before I read this book I never thought I would have been able to get the services and modifications I wanted with such ease and success.
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I recommend this book to every parent of a special needs child or any parent of a child that has an IEP!
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Luker on February 14, 2007
Format: Paperback
It is the night before Jessica's first big IEP Team meeting and her parents are scrambling to find something - ANYTHING - that can help them prepare for the meeting. Try Wrightslaw. Sally's advocate is packing her briefcase as she heads out the door for the IEP Team meeting. She checks for her most critical resource. Wrightslaw. Susan, a school district attorney, checks her bag before heading off to her next meeting. Yup. Wrightslaw. Is there no one who hasn't heard of Wrightslaw?

Actually, we are sure that many readers have not, so today we review two new books from Wrightslaw. Both are second editions of books Pam and Pete Wright first released several years ago. The Wrights have updated both books to reflect the 2004 changes to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act [IDEA] and its implementing regulations. We use both books in our regular course of business and highly recommend them to parents, educators, advocates, attorneys and anyone else who has a need for quick but comprehensive manuals on special education law.

Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition [Wrightslaw] is a wonderful and ready resource for all who want to be able to find and then quote chapter and verse of IDEA law and regulations. The book includes the complete text of all four parts of IDEA as enacted in December, 2004. Wrightslaw also contains the complete implementing regulations for IDEA that became effective in August, 2006. These texts alone are worth the cost of the book.

But Wrightslaw does not stop with the IDEA statute and its implementing regulations.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Robert Kall VINE VOICE on March 7, 2002
Format: Paperback
The games you must play, the rules you must learn, the complex and confusing mazes you must navigate to get help for your child match the mythic mazes of antiquity, where people would wander, lost and hopeless until they died.
The Wrights have created a book that, almost like magic, dispels the mists, casts bright shining light upon the dark recesses of the bureaucratic blockades the average parent, coach or advocate will find when trying to get help for a child.
This is a superb book for parents. It helps them understand the laws, actually putting into print the actual legal verbiage, then interpreting it into plain English.
Then they give you great advice on how to prepare for, go into and negotiate in meeting where your child's needs are being discussed.
... I bring together hundreds of health care practitioners who work with children with ADD, learning disabilities, neurobehavioral, developmental, sensory, medical and emotional disorders. It's always a pleasure to discover a valuable resource to share with colleagues and this is one of them. It deserves a space on the bookshelf of any counselor, psychologist, educator or other provider who advocates for children.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jackie B. on May 20, 2002
Format: Paperback
Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, The Special Education Survival Guide is a must have for ALL parents with a child in the special education system.
FETA helps to organize your thoughts, concerns and plan for your childs education. It gives you the ability to understand where the schools are coming from and how to build an effective relationship with the Special Education team. By doing this, you can effeectively advocate for your child. As the parent,you should be the "Project Manager" for your child as he/she makes her way through school. Through FETA you gain an understanding of HOW to do this. Special education systems and laws can at best be confusing and overwhelming, we parents need help in sorting it all out and FETA does that! We the parents of children in special education need to be equal players in the planning for our kids, NO ONE knows them like we do, and NO ONE will advocate for them like we will! FETA is an important tool in that process.
FETA also does a wonderful thing. It shows you how to organize all the mounds of paper that special education produces. I walk into meetings and seminars with everything I need at my fingertips.
FETA does someting else amazing, it helps you to understand the TESTING SCORES! Yikes, we all need help with that!
I can go on forever about this book, but I am running out of room. From special education laws, IEP's, resources, how to write effective letters, it its ALL in there! GET THIS BOOK!!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Joan on March 27, 2007
Format: Paperback
I've been involved in advocating for my special needs son for 14 years and this is the BEST book I've ever read on the subject. A real "how-to." I just walked away from an IEP meeting with MORE than I asked for and it all happened in less than an hour. I was SO prepared. In particular, the chapter on the Rule of Adverse Assumptions helped me prepare. Thanks to this book, I had the confidence and the information that allowed me to effectively go to bat for our son. I'm using FETA in a parent training class I'm conducting now and it's SO helpful. From Emotions to Advocacy is a real treasure and should be the bible for every parent of a special needs child.
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