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Thursday, August 21, 2014
Breaking News: Our LinkedIn Special Ed Law Group has 16,000 Members
One of our goals in creating this blog was to provide both discussion of special education law topics from an impartial perspective and to provide resources where interested persons can find more information.
The impartial perspective is very important. I have never represented or advised parents or school personnel on a special ed matter. I am a hearing officer and mediator for a number of states. I also advise states and train their personnel. That is why when parents or school personnel contact me, I cannot help them. They generally understand that I am impartial. The disclaimer on the blog explains this point in more detail.
The breaking news is this: the Special Education Law Group that we started through this blog over on LinkedIn now has over 16,000 members. (That is not a typo!) That is an increase of more than 5,000 in the last year. There are members all over the world. You should go to the group's site and take a look. There are always good discussions- sometimes even heated disagreements. If you lose this post, there is always a link to our LinkedIn group on the lefthand side of the blog. It is a part of our effort to use social media to spread good impartial information about special education law.
For those with long memories, we also have a Facebook group. At some point unfortunately the Facebook overlords went all corporate in our face and "archived" our group because we were not constantly issuing nonsensical posts about what we ate for breakfast, etc. The group still exists, but it is cumbersome. We also started a Ning group, but they have since disappeared from the internet.
We also offer a lot of resources for parents, teachers (both regular ed and special ed), principals, school psychologists, hearing officers, mediators, complaint investigators, monitors, special ed directors, academics, advocates, SEA personnel, LEA personnel, paraprofessionals, other related services providers, lawyers (both parent and school district) as well as other special ed law junkies of all types.
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Also on the left hand side are a series of embedded YouTube videos of interviews of me on dispute resolution topics by Marshall Peter, Director of CADRE. (Many other videos and resources pertaining to special ed dispute resolution are available on the CADRE website - there is a link under resources.)
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