It's interesting reading for parents (just over 5 pages on the printout I made). First, there's a back story here for Pete Wright's advocacy: his dyslexia was misdiagnosed as a child, and it was through his parents' efforts and his dogged work with a terrific one-on-one tutor (including summer school) that he learned to read, then excelled at it.
Second, the Wrights share their views on general trends:
- In the courts: the Supreme Court appears to be swinging negatively, that is, toward restricting the rights of disabled children. On the other hand, a number of judges have written well-reasoned decisions that spell out the clear legal rights of disabled kids and their families. Peter Wright doesn't mention specifics, but his past writings on court decisions would point to two autism-related decisions in federal court in Virginia. Read more about those here and here.
- In schools, in general, the Wrights say they see less affluent districts as more receptive to seeking expert help in the critical task of training special education and classroom teachers.
"Parents represent their children's interests so, in effect, they are the consumers of services. And it doesn't take an army of parents to begin to educate school board members and superintendents -- or even to run for school board, and change the system at that level. ... By the time you get 10 people together, you are becoming a powerful group. By the time reach 25 or 50, you are a powerful organization and 'we'd better meet with you.' "