There comes a time in every advocate’s professional life when an IEP goes awry because of a hostile team member. This hostility can manifest verbally or non-verbally, and even when it is silent hostility it can still affect the IEP process. Today I had the pleasure of meeting a hostile IEP team member that was both verbally and non-verbally hostile and I am proud of the way we handled the situation, so I thought I would pass on some tips for handling this type of situation. Continue reading
School has only been back in session for a little over one week and if I were being totally honest with you, I am not having a good year when it comes to dyslexia advocacy. There are moments, and lately it is happening more and more, when I just want to raise the white flag and say to the educational system, “You win. I cannot continue to have the same asinine conversations with different people in different meetings at different schools in different districts, on a daily basis. I cannot continue to argue about eligibility criteria and appropriate interventions. You win. I’m out. Instead of beating my head against the wall in yet another meeting, I am going to get a frozen yogurt.” Continue reading
What an amazing month it has been as people spread the word about dyslexia! Education changes everything and the information that is being shared, the awareness that is being raised, and the lives that are being changed will forever be the legacy of those who advocate. Throughout the month we have featured weekly giveaways, but we have saved the best for last. This week, you have a chance to win an advocate package featuring the Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd edition book, a “Dyslexia is Real.” t-shirt, and a “dyslexia is real” decal. It is the perfect way to get the word out there about dyslexia (and be stylishly dressed while attending IEP meetings, of course).
Forget the stick families on your car window or the cute sticker on your laptop lid, it is time to take advocating to a whole new level with a “dyslexia is real” decal. During Dyslexia Awareness Month, we are featuring giveaways each week to help raise awareness for dyslexia. The first week we gave away a copy of Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition and last week we gave away one of our Dyslexia is Real t-shirts. This week we are excited to feature a jet black “dyslexia is real” vinyl decal that can be used on your car’s rear window, on the lid of your laptop, on the wall in your office, or anywhere you would like to place it to help spread the word.