The special education system generates mountains of paper. What do you do with it? How do you organize this information?
- Peter W. D. Wright, Esq Pete Wright is an attorney who represents children with special educational needs. In second grade, Pete was diagnosed with learning disabilities including dyslexia, dysgraphia and ADHD. He was fortunate - his learning problems were identified early. His parents obtained intensive Orton-Gillingham remediation for him by Diana Hanbury King. Pete's determination to help children grew out of his own educational experiences. While attending Randolph Macon College, Pete worked in a Juvenile Training School as a houseparent. After graduation with a degree in Psychology, he worked in another Juvenile Training School as a counselor and later became a Juvenile Probation Officer in the Juvenile Court system. In 1972, he was honored as Virginia's "Juvenile Probation Officer of the Year." During that time, Pete was also attending evening college in a graduate psychology program at Virginia Commonwealth University. In 1977, Pete graduated from T. C. Williams Law School at the University of Richmond. On October 6, 1993, Pete gave oral argument before the United States Supreme Court in Florence County School District Four v. Shannon Carter, 510 U.S. 7 (1993). Thirty-four days later, the Court issued a unanimous decision for Shannon Carter. (Learn more about Florence County v. Shannon Carter) Pete is the co-author of Wrightslaw: Special Education Law (1999), Wrightslaw: No Child Left Behind (2003), Wrightslaw: IDEA 2004, (2005), Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd edition (2005) and Wrightslaw: All About IEPs. He appeared as the parent's attorney in in the award-winning DVD video, Surviving Due Process: When Parents and the School Board Disagree - Stephen Jeffers v. School Board (2004). Frequently Asked Questions about Wrightslaw Special Education Law & Advocacy Programs. Pamela Darr Wright, MA, MSW Pam Wright is a psychotherapist who has worked with children and families since the early 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. She is the co-author of Wrightslaw: Special Education Law (1999), Wrightslaw: No Child Left Behind (2003), Wrightslaw: IDEA 2004, (2005), Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd edition (2005) and Wrightslaw: All About IEPs (2010) Pam is also the editor of The Special Ed Advocate newsletter. Pam and Pete Wright are Adjunct Professors of Law at the William and Mary Law School where they teach a course about special education law and advocacy and assist with the Law School's Special Education Law Clinic. They are the founders of Wrightslaw, the #1 ranked website about education law, special education law, and special education advocacy. (Alexa rankings) Description: http://www.wrightslaw.com/images/5stars.gif Pam designed and built several special education advocacy sites including Wrightslaw.com, Fetaweb.com, and the Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities. Upcoming & Recent Programs Pam and Pete Wright provide special education law and advocacy training for parents, advocates, attorneys, educators, and others who are working to ensure that children with disabilities receive quality special education programs. Upcoming programs l Recent Programs Wrightslaw Speakers Bureau As the founders of the Wrightslaw Speakers Bureau, Pam & Pete Wright's special education law & advocacy programs are designed to meet the needs of parents, educators, health care providers, advocates, and attorneys who represent children with disabilities. Contact Information Peter & Pam Wright Wrightslaw.com P. O. Box 1008 Deltaville, VA 23043 Websites: Wrightslaw; Fetaweb; Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities
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17 year old Josh has Tourette Syndrome, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and learning disabilities. When the school refused to provide an IEP or a 504 plan, Josh acted as his own attorney during due process and prevailed!