Friday, April 10, 2015

The GLASS Advisory Board is having its annual meeting on Monday, April 20th at 11 a.m. If you have a special needs child or have an interest in special education, it is critical that you either attend this meeting or that you send someone to represent your family. If you fit neither one of these categories, I encourage you to attend anyway. If you are a taxpayer, a significant amount of your tax dollars are going to support a program that does not work for a number of our special needs children. Please come and support us.

I have been the only patron who has attended this annual meeting for the past three years. This surprises me, since I receive weekly calls from parents in Tippecanoe County who need assistance in obtaining special education services for their special needs children. In addition, there have been a number of families who have had to resort to due process hearings to obtain services for their children. This is another increase in tax funds that we are forced to pay in order for special needs families to receive the educational services their children have a right to receive.

I have been surprised during the last three Advisory Board meetings at the lack of interest our three school corporations have expressed in knowing about and understanding our critical special education services are in preparing our special needs students for further education, employment, and independent living. We want our children to become tax-payers instead of tax users. In order for that to happen, they must learn to read, write, and do arithmetic. That is not happening. 

I have many stories I could share about children who are intelligent, motivated, and come to school wanting to learn. But, because they have Dyslexia or another type of learning disability, they are allowed to fall through the cracks.

Please attend this important meeting or send someone to represent your family. Please feel free to share this email with other interested people.

Thank you for your interest in our children.

Patricia Howey
P.O.Box 117
West Point, IN 47992

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

New: Wrightslaw From Emotions to Advocacy program in Texas!

January 24, 2015: Corpus Christi, TX - From Emotions to Advocacy Training sponsored by the Autism Spectrum Resource Center. Speaker: Pat Howey.

I am happy to report that I will be presenting a Wrightslaw From Emotions to Advocacy Program in Olympia, Washington in October:

October 25, 2014: Olympia, WA - From Emotions to Advocacy Training co-sponsored by South Sound Parent to Parent. and Tulalip Tribes. This training is limited to Thurston, Mason and Grays Harbor County parents and professionals that are served by the sponsors. Speaker: Pat Howey

Tuesday, June 17, 2014


I was recently contacted by a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin who would like very much for Indiana to be represented in this study.

If you know a young adult with autism who qualifies, please pass this on this information.

Below is a link that provides more information. The application can be found at this link:

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

  • Do you have a child who has problems with reading and spelling?
  • Do you live in west central Indiana?
  • Are you looking for a summer program that helps your child from regression?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you now have an alternative to what your school has been offering. Sounds First is a reading program that has been tested at the Fortune Academy in Indianapolis. A local reading tutor, Jodie Hicks is available in Lafayette and Greencastle. Click here for more information about the Sounds First Reading Program. (The website just went up and not all information is available yet. Keep checking. This is a wonderful program just available in the west Central Indiana area.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Special Education Advocacy Training

 Do you:

  • Have a child with learning, physical, emotional, hearing, speech, or vision problems, traumatic brain injury, a chronic illness, autism, or attention deficit disorder?
  • Want to learn how to more effectively advocate for your child?
  • Want to know more about the history of special education in Tippecanoe County?
  • Want to meet other parents and some of the pioneers of special education?
  • Believe your child could benefit from special education and related services?
Have you been told your child does not qualify for special education and related services for your child? 

Did you answer “yes” to any of these questions?

Please register to attend an introductory meeting for a 

New parent advocacy training group

Thursday, April 24, 2014, 7:00—8:30 p.m.
Lafayette, Indiana
Ivy Hall, Ivy Tech Community College, Room 1112-1114

Win a Free Wrightslaw IEP Survival Kit!!!!

 Please preregister by email or phone or 765-572-2892

Sponsored by Pat Howey, owner of Special Education Consulting. Pat  has been an advocate for over twenty-seven years, is a founding member of the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, a Wrightslaw presenter, and a member of the faculty of the College of William and Mary Law School’s Institute of Special Education Advocacy.


Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Special Education Legal Representation: Is it a "Good Ole Boys" Club?

How can I be sure my attorney is on my side? He jokes with the school’s attorneys during meeting breaks. They seem to be very chummy. Is this just another “good ole boys’ club”?

This question comes up all the time, not just in special education cases. I often hear people say that the legal system is unfair. They watch the attorneys battle in the courtroom, then walk outside, laugh, and make plans to play golf. People assume it is a “good old boys” club and it is impossible for parents to get a fair hearing. They believe that all the attorneys are friends and that somehow makes it a conspiracy.

An attorney friend once explained it this way to me. He said that attorneys must separate what goes on in the courtroom from their personal life. They cannot let their courtroom opponents become hated enemies. Eventually, each attorney will face many, if not all, of the attorneys in their area as an opponent in court. If they begin to hate the opponents they face, soon they will hate ALL of the attorneys. At some time, they will face them all in court.

Attorneys have an ethical obligation to vigorously defend their clients. The legal system is adversarial, by design. That does not mean that all adversaries are enemies.

Many attorneys are frustrated actors/actresses. That is part of what makes them good at what they do. Think about it. To be a good advocate, your attorney must maintain his/her emotions. If she becomes out-of-control, the school’s attorney is in control. Yet, your attorney must be indignant and outraged at the way the school is treating you and your child. This takes a special skill and calling.

Do not assume that because those in the legal profession are civil – or even friendly – to each other that there is a conspiracy. Your attorney is on your side, or he would not have taken your case.