The group will help parents gain knowledge and skills to be effective advocates for their children. As parents learn about the "rules of the game" and SMART IEPs, schools will realize that involving parents benefits them too.
Essentially, it's a study group using the book: Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy - The Special Education Survival Guide, 2nd Edition by Pam Wright and Pete Wright. Published in January 2006 (ISBN: 978-1-892320-09-4, 338 pages, perfect bound, $19.95). We can buy the books through Wrightslaw in bulk for a 40% discount for about $12 for members.
When we obtain enough members, we can establish a meeting schedule and a place to meet that works best.
This group is not sponsored by any public or private organizations. It is member-run.
Contact me if you are interested in learning more. Angie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to start a FETA study group: http://www.wrightslaw.com/info/advo.feta.groups.htm.