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I am a lay Parent Advocate assisting parents of children with disabilities in school IDEA, 504 and SST meetings. I am a former CHADD and LDA Coordinator, graduate of the 1st GA Advocacy Office PLSP legal training course and most importantly parent of two children with various disabilities.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Senate Study Update and CALL TO ACTION

Info. From Decoding Dyslexia Georgia!  Please get involved to make change here in GA!!

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770-442-8357
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RTI="Refusal to Identify" students who need Special Education support and services.  Carol Sadler

 

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From: Colleen O'Toole [mailto:decodingdyslexiageorgia@gmail.com]
Sent: Monday, September 10, 2018 3:23 PM
To: Colleen Beguiristain
Subject: Senate Study Update and CALL TO ACTION

 

If you did not get a chance to see the live stream video from the first meeting- click the link below to watch it.  Senator Millar clearly states Georgia is late to the game!  He states that only 1 out of 3 students read proficiently by 3rd grade in the state of Georgia!  Despite legislative efforts to mandate reading by 3rd grade!  He states that we are the only state in the Southeast doing nothing for Dyslexia!  I think he is serious about change for Dyslexics!

Senate Study Committee Meeting Aug. 17th at 10Am

As the Study Committee prepares for its second meeting on Sept. 14th, we would like to ask supporters to take the time to email the three Senators on the committee to let them know why this an important issue to you.  Watch the video and give them your feedback re: the direction of the committee- be thoughtful and KIND in your responses to these Senators- they have the power to make or break us this session!

The Senators are Chairman Fran Millar (fran.millar@senate.ga.gov), Senator Gloria Butler (gloria.butler@senate.ga.gov), and Senator Matt Brass (matt.brass@senate.ga.gov).

Please also EMAIL YOUR SENATORS let them know you are following the Senate Study Committee On Dyslexia and that you hope they are too- and that you are hopeful they will support our efforts in ensuring better outcomes for Dyslexic students in the public school systems!

Here is the agenda for this week's Senate Study Panel, September 14th at 10 am in room 307 of the Coverdell Legislative Building If you can, please consider attending the meeting in person as well. There will be time for public comment. If you cannot attend, you can livestream the meeting.

10:00am Chairman Millar – purpose, direction, emails from constituents, future dates and introductions of speakers

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10:10am Public testimony - Sign-up is before the meeting starts. Please arrive a few minutes early to sign-up.

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10:30am Susan Adams, Deputy Commissioner for Pre-K and Instructional Support Services

Georgia Department of Early Childcare and Learning (DECAL)

Dyslexia Identification and Services in Georgia

10:45am Q&A

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10:50am Dr. Marti Venn - Deputy Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

University System of Georgia (USG)

Teacher training and preparation

11:05am Q&A

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11:10am Stephen Pruitt – President - SREB

Samantha Durrance- Policy Analyst - SREB

Southern Regional Education Board – SREB

What other states are doing for dyslexia

12:00pm Q&A

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12:15pm Chairman Millar - Remarks and closing.

We appreciate the speakers for their time and commitment to this effort; Dr. Leslie Stuart, Dr. Caitlin Dooley and Dr. Jennifer Lindstrom.  They did a great job painting a picture of what Dyslexia is, what it looks like in the public school system and the issues around lack of knowledge about Dyslexia and the need for teacher training.  Thank you to everyone who has been following, commenting and supporting our efforts- we are hopeful!

Sincerely,       

Heather, Tina and Colleen

Decoding Dyslexia GA

www.decodingdyslexiaga.com

Colleen O'Toole Beguiristain

Founding Member Decoding Dyslexia GA

www.decodingdyslexiaga.com

 

 

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Thursday, September 06, 2018

{ADDA Webinar} Two Kinds of Brains

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Carol Sadler, Special Education Consultant/Advocate
GA Advocacy Office PLSP I Graduate
770-442-8357
1105 Rock Pointe Look
Woodstock, GA 30188
CarolSadler@bellsouth.net
www.IEPadvocate4you.com
http://iepadvocate4you.blogspot.com

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"There is nothing more unequal than the equal treatment of unequal people." ---- Thomas Jefferson

"Refrain from Restraining, Secluding and Corporal Punishment" & "Aversives are Abusive and Dehumanizing" ---- Carol Sadler, Advocate

GNET="GetNoEducation/Therapy"="PsychoNOed"="Jail without Jury or Trial"="Imprisonment without Legal Representation" Carol & GA Advocates

RTI="Refusal to Identify" students who need Special Education support and services.  Carol Sadler

 

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Sent: Thursday, September 06, 2018 2:04 PM
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Subject: {ADDA Webinar} Two Kinds of Brains

 

September 12, 2018

"Two Kinds of Brains"

with CoachRudy Rodriguez

 

 

 

"Two Kinds of Brains"

 

 

We commonly refer these days to the ADD/ADHD brain and the neurotypical non-ADD/ADHD brain these days. The two types of brains are distinct and operate differently in many ways. This seminar will explain the distinction between the 'Convergent' and the 'Divergent' types of brains and their relationship to executive function. 

 

This seminar will explore why we operate so differently in the world and why certain institutions, organizations, and corporations don't fit our brain type. I will also discuss why we excel in certain skills and fields of employment. This seminar will also help your significant other to understand who you are and why you operate so differently in the home and the world.  I will introduce you to a simple design that will bring the pieces of our complex puzzle together. I will also refer to Thom Hartman's concept of Hunters vs. Farmers. 

 

I guarantee you'll, and your significant other will enjoy this presentation.

 

Learning Objectives:

  • As a result of this activity, the participant will have a clear understanding of the distinctions between the Convergent vs. the Divergent type brains.


 

  • As a result of this activity, the participant will be prepared to explain the distinct brain types and their relationship to executive function.


 

  • As a result of this activity, the participant and their significant others will have tools for a different discussion about their brain differences in the home and the world.

 

 

ADDA Webinar Schedule

 

When

Wednesday: September 12, 2018

  

 

Time: 

9:00 PM Eastern 

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This is an online event.

 

You'll receive the URL the morning of the event.

 

 

ADDA Member Webinar Registration Simplified....

 

ADDA members are entitled to FREE access to our webinars. To attend a webinar, simply click on the webinar you'd like to attend under "Upcoming Webinars" and then enter your email address. Log in information will be emailed to you on the day of the event. Enjoy!

 

ADDA Members Register HERE

 

 Sign in to the Members area of ADDA and click on Upcoming Webinars 

 

 

 

 

Feature Speaker

 

CoachRudy Rodriguez, LCSW is the founder of the ADHD Center for Success and specializes in Mindset & Strategy ADHD Coaching. CoachRudy has worked with ADHD clients since 1981 and was personally diagnosed with ADHD in 1993. CoachRudy blends years of clinical knowledge, ADHD expertise, coaching skills and personal life experience as an adult living with ADHD to help his clients lead productive healthy lives.

 

CoachRudy provides specialized services including individual and group coaching to adults who are challenged issues of ADHD, Executive Function, time and organizational management. He also presents workshops, webinars and seminars for professionals and the general ADHD population.

 

 

ADDA Always Delivers the Best Information from the Best ADHD Professionals

 

ADDA Webinars are $9.95 each. However, ADDA Members get access to all Webinars at no charge!  

 

If you're not yet an ADDA member, you may purchase access to each Webinar or become an ADDA member.

 

 

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Help Prevent the Removal of Critical ADHD Protections! PLEASE SHARE AND COMMENTS.

PLEASE SHARE AND COMMENT.  THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT!

 

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Carol Sadler, Special Education Consultant/Advocate
GA Advocacy Office PLSP I Graduate
770-442-8357
1105 Rock Pointe Look
Woodstock, GA 30188
CarolSadler@bellsouth.net
www.IEPadvocate4you.com
http://iepadvocate4you.blogspot.com

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"There is nothing more unequal than the equal treatment of unequal people." ---- Thomas Jefferson

"Refrain from Restraining, Secluding and Corporal Punishment" & "Aversives are Abusive and Dehumanizing" ---- Carol Sadler, Advocate

GNET="GetNoEducation/Therapy"="PsychoNOed"="Jail without Jury or Trial"="Imprisonment without Legal Representation" Carol & GA Advocates

RTI="Refusal to Identify" students who need Special Education support and services.  Carol Sadler

 

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Information contained in this communication is confidential and privileged. It is not meant to represent legal or medical advice, but rather advice given based on my knowledge as a trained Parent Advocate by the GA Advocacy Office, Council of Parent Advocates & Attorneys, CHADD, LDA, the GA DOE Parent Mentor program as an invited guest and the special education attorneys that I often work with on educational matters. Please do not forward without my permission.

 

 

The US Department of Education Requests Comments Before it Removes Regulations and Guidance

 

From the CHADD Public Policy Committee

 

 

The US Department of Education has issued a list of regulations and guidance to eliminate under Executive Order 13777, "Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda." CHADD has become aware that the ADHD Guidance is on this list. The Department is asking for public comments about which regulations and guidance to keep, remove, or modify. CHADD appreciates this opportunity and would like everyone to show support for protecting students' rights. If you want to tell the Department how important the ADHD Guidance is to our children, you can submit your own comments asking the US Department of Education to retain the ADHD Guidance—officially called the "Dear Colleague Letter and Resource Guide on ADHD"— as active guidance.


Background information on the ADHD Guidance

  
On July 26, 2016, the Office of Civil Rights of the US Department of Education issued guidance to every public school district in the country about the implementation of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 for students with ADHD. The Guidance provides clear technical assistance that helps teachers understand the nature of ADHD and how effectively to provide education services to students with ADHD, consistent with the requirements of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
For example, the Guidance describes certain behaviors that could indicate a student has ADHD and should cause a school district to consider conducting an evaluation. Among other things, the Guidance states that a student with ADHD may need behavioral and executive function supports.  

Section 504 is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in programs or activities receiving Federal financial assistance, including public elementary and secondary schools as well as charter schools. The US Department of Education enforces Section 504 through OCR.  

On February 24, 2017, President Trump signed Executive Order 13777, "Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda," which directs federal agencies to identify regulations and guidance to eliminate. The Department of Education has issued a list of regulations and guidance it is considering. The ADHD Guidance is on this list. The Department of Education is asking for public comments about which regulations and guidance to remove, keep, or modify.

CHADD worked hard to obtain the ADHD Guidance to protect the civil rights of students with ADHD from preschool through high school. CHADD provided significant input to Office of Civil Rights of the Department of Education. Through its Public Policy Committee, CHADD maintained ongoing and active discussion with OCR from November 2013 through July 2016. Based on the results of a survey that we conducted with our membership, we shared the concerns of our members about the implementation of Section 504 and the effects on their children. In response to many requests from OCR, we provided scientific research findings and other knowledge about ADHD. For more information, read our previous blog on the ADHD Guidance.

What YOU can do


We cannot lose this Guidance now! We must tell the Department of Education how important this guidance is to students with ADHD.

 

Until September 20, 2017, everyone has the opportunity to weigh in with the Department of Education and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to show support for protecting students' rights. CHADD will submit our comments urging Secretary DeVos to keep the guidance.

 

Individuals can submit comments as well. If you want to tell the Department how important the ADHD Guidance is to our children, you can submit your own comments here asking the US Department of Education to retain the ADHD Guidance—officially called the "Dear Colleague Letter and Resource Guide on ADHD"— as active guidance.
  

NOTE: At the top of your comments you MUST INCLUDE these three things:

 

Remember, if you want to submit comments, you must take action before September 20!

 

HOW TO SUBMIT A COMMENT

  • Submit it here before 11:59 PM ET Wednesday, September 20, 2017.
  • Click on the green "SUBMIT A FORMAL COMMENT" button on the top right hand side and the comment form will open. You can type a comment directly into the box or just write "see attached comment" and upload a Word or PDF document after pressing the button.
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  • Check the preview to see how your comments will appear once submitted, and then check the box: "I read and understand the statement above."
  • Finally, hit "SUBMIT COMMENT" on the bottom of the form.

 

Comment Deadline 11:59 PM ET Wednesday, September 20, 2017

 

 


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Monday, August 07, 2017

Graduates of the 2017 Camp Dendy

Graduates of the 2017 Camp Dendy ADHD training by Chris Dendy, including me…..:)

 

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Carol Sadler, Special Education Consultant/Advocate
GA Advocacy Office PLSP I Graduate
770-442-8357
1105 Rock Pointe Look
Woodstock, GA 30188
CarolSadler@bellsouth.net
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"There is nothing more unequal than the equal treatment of unequal people." ---- Thomas Jefferson

"Refrain from Restraining, Secluding and Corporal Punishment" & "Aversives are Abusive and Dehumanizing" ---- Carol Sadler, Advocate

GNET="GetNoEducation/Therapy"="PsychoNOed"="Jail without Jury or Trial"="Imprisonment without Legal Representation" Carol & GA Advocates

RTI="Refusal to Identify" students who need Special Education support and services.  Carol Sadler

 

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Information contained in this communication is confidential and privileged. It is not meant to represent legal or medical advice, but rather advice given based on my knowledge as a trained Parent Advocate by the GA Advocacy Office, Council of Parent Advocates & Attorneys, CHADD, LDA, the GA DOE Parent Mentor program as an invited guest and the special education attorneys that I often work with on educational matters. Please do not forward without my permission.

 

 

 

 

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

2017 CHADD/ADDA Annual International Conference on ADHD in Atlanta

Dear All, 

 

I am sending you information about the 2017 CHADD/ADDA International Conference on ADHD, which will be in Atlanta, GA November 9-12.  Please distribute widely.  This is a wonderful opportunity to train individuals, staff, parents and adults in GA about ADHD.

 

This ADHD Conference can be used to train teachers and special education staff, police departments, justice office staff, hospital staff, Dr. offices, etc.  Please print and put in Dr. offices, give to patients, send to schools; Colleges; teachers; Principals; School Districts Spec. Ed. Departments; PTA/PTO’s; Private Schools; clinics; hospitals; disability organizations; disability groups and FB pages; mental health agencies; police departments; etc.

 

This year, the ADHD conference will be a joint effort between CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and ADDA (Attention Deficit Disorder Association) and we are expanding our programming. For example, we have more sessions per day, and we have been adding talks on teens and young adults, particularly for issues related to post-secondary education. We also have added a half day on Sunday that is just for adults with ADHD.

 

We would greatly appreciate any support you can provide to help promote the conference. I have attached a joint press release from Michael MacKay, the president of CHADD and Duane Gordon, president of ADDA, as well as the conference artwork, which could be added to your website/e-mail. Please spread the word through all of your networks?

 

Here’s a link to the registration page for the conference: https://events.bizzabo.com/204371. Please use it to register yourself, and share it with others.

 

Also support these wonderful organizations with your membership.  http://www.chadd.org/Membership.aspx   &   https://add.org/adda-membership/  

 

Thanks for any support you can provide to promote!

 

Advocacy & Consulting Services - IEPadvocate4you (and former CHADD Coordinator)
Carol Sadler, Special Education Consultant/Advocate
GA Advocacy Office PLSP I Graduate
770-442-8357
1105 Rock Pointe Look
Woodstock, GA 30188
CarolSadler@bellsouth.net
www.IEPadvocate4you.com
http://iepadvocate4you.blogspot.com

IEPadvocate4you also now on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter

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"There is nothing more unequal than the equal treatment of unequal people." ---- Thomas Jefferson

“Refrain from Restraining, Secluding and Corporal Punishment" & "Aversives are Abusive and Dehumanizing” ---- Carol Sadler, Advocate

GNET="GetNoEducation/Therapy"="PsychoNOed"="Jail without Jury or Trial"="Imprisonment without Legal Representation" Carol & GA Advocates

RTI="Refusal to Identify" students who need Special Education support and services.  Carol Sadler

 

CONFIDENTIAL AND PRIVILEGED
Information contained in this communication is confidential and privileged. It is not meant to represent legal or medical advice, but rather advice given based on my knowledge as a trained Parent Advocate by the GA Advocacy Office, Council of Parent Advocates & Attorneys, CHADD, LDA, the GA DOE Parent Mentor program as an invited guest and the special education attorneys that I often work with on educational matters. Please do not forward without my permission.

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

We need your voice! Re: GNET's

Information from Leslie Lipson at GAO regarding the GNET programs.  We need your voice!  Please share widely!!

 

Advocacy & Consulting Services - IEPadvocate4you
Carol Sadler, Special Education Consultant/Advocate
GA Advocacy Office PLSP I Graduate
770-442-8357
1105 Rock Pointe Look
Woodstock, GA 30188
CarolSadler@bellsouth.net
www.IEPadvocate4you.com
http://iepadvocate4you.blogspot.com

IEPadvocate4you also now on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter

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"There is nothing more unequal than the equal treatment of unequal people." ---- Thomas Jefferson

“Refrain from Restraining, Secluding and Corporal Punishment & Aversives are Abusive and Dehumanizing” ---- Carol Sadler, Advocate

GNET=GetNoEducation/Therapy=PsychoNOed=Jail without Jury or Trial=Imprisonment without Legal Representation Carol & GA Advocates

 

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Information contained in this communication is confidential and privileged. It is not meant to represent legal or medical advice, but rather advice given based on my knowledge as a trained Parent Advocate by the GA Advocacy Office, Council of Parent Advocates & Attorneys, CHADD, LDA, the GA DOE Parent Mentor program as an invited guest and the special education attorneys that I often work with on educational matters. Please do not forward without my permission.

 

Dear Parents/Families, (please forward to your networks)

If your child is currently attending a GNET program, has been in a GNET program, or has struggled to get quality supports for behavioral-related disabilities in your neighborhood school, you are likely aware that the United States Department of Justice filed a Complaint against the State of Georgia about Georgia violating the American’s with Disabilities Act by operating a segregated, state-wide program offering an inferior education on August 23, 2016: http://bit.ly/2bxN2Em
In somewhat related news, the Georgia Department of Education (GADOE) is in the preliminary stages of drafting a new state rule governing the GNET program and services, and they want to hear from you.  They are hosting three regional feedback meetings to get your input on the proposed draft rule regarding how Georgia provides supports for behavioral-related disabilities and the current GNETS programs.

Below are the dates and times for the feedback meetings:

Gainesville, GA Date: October 24, 2016 Time: 3pm – 6pm 
Tifton, GA Date: October 27, 2016 Time: 3pm – 6pm
Fayetteville, GA Date: October 28, 2016 Time: 3pm – 6pm

At these meetings, speakers will have 3 minutes to share their thoughts on the draft of the new proposed rule.  If you cannot attend any of these meetings and want to provide public feedback, you can email your comments to GNETrule@doe.k12.ga.us and llipson@thegao.org .(Please see the attached flyer for more specific details about the meetings. Also attached is the new draft rule and the current rule.)


GAO would like to support families as you develop your speaking points, and invite you to join us in one of two informational conference calls, where we will discuss the draft proposed rule and upcoming feedback meetings.  These conference calls will be held on Thursday October 20, 2016 at 12pm -1pm and 6pm-7pm. If you are interested in joining us for one of the conference calls, please email llipson@thegao.org with your RSVP and we will send the call-in information. 


As a preview to the draft proposed rule and our conference calls, the draft proposed rule does not do away with the GNETS as a separate and distinct program where students who need behavioral-related support "belong" to the GNETS program and attend GNETS classrooms or separate buildings, nor does it change the current segregated funding structure; however, it does give the option of local school districts to request assistance from the GNETS program to provide "GNETS services" to students in their own zoned/neighborhood schools.  However, it gives no guidance or structure for parents or schools to access these supports. Again, please see the attached for the text of the new draft rule.  Additionally, giving comment about your experience struggling to receive appropriate services in a GNETS or at a local neighborhood school would be helpful. 

We hope to hear from you on a conference call this Thursday.

Leslie K. Lipson
Of Counsel
Georgia Advocacy Office
One West Court Square, Suite 625
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 885-1234
www.thegao.org
llipson@thegao.org