Special Education Advocate

Holly Correa has been an educator for over 20 years. She has a M.A. in Educational Leadership, a California Administrative Services credential, in addition to a Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential. Her experience teaching students with spectrum challenges such as Asperger’s and Autism, combined with her experience facilitating the IEP process, make her an excellent child advocate. On a personal note, Holly is the mother of a child with high functioning autism and has advocated on his behalf throughout his life. She understands first-hand the impact having a special needs child places on the family, and is passionate about finding just the right combination of support so that everyone thrives.

Please call Holly for your Southern California Advocacy needs. 805 512-2034

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We have just completed our Advocacy School training classes and the Free School is now open to the public. The nine units cover the entire process from Eligibility to Litigation. The curriculum is perfect for attorneys, psychologists, parents of special needs children and others. Please visit our Online School .

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If you need to find an advocate for your child, try searching the COPAA database of members who represent special needs children.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D.

I am an attorney at law and licensed psychologist (PSY 11415) in California.

I have had over thirty five years of experience with disabled adults and children.

I have created this site to help provide useful news and information for parents, educators and advocates. I am retired from professional practice, however if you need further information you may contact Pause4KIDS my affiliated non-profit organization here.

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It is important that parents have opportunities to enhance their knowlege about their children and the services that are available for them. Here are a few links to orgainizations that provide training.



Psychology License
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Special Ed


Normal People Scare Me: A Film About Autism

Catalog of Mental Retardation Books

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Mental Retardation: An Introduction to Intellectual Disability (7th Edition)

Author: Mary Beirne-Smith
Publication Date:2005-08-05
List Price:$188.20
Lowest New Price:$168.06
This market-leading book provides educators with the most current information about the many facets of mental retardation and intellectual disabilities from a life-cycle perspective.  The authors provide comprehensive yet concise coverage of all relevant content and also show relationships between theory and practice, decode the terminology used in the field, and relate these terms and concepts to the reality of the classroom, the world of work, and the life of the community.

Mental Retardation (6th Edition)

Author: Mary Beirne-Smith
Publication Date:2001-06-05
List Price:$93.00
Lowest New Price:$7.36
(Merrill) Univ. of Alabama, Birmingham. Introductory textbook features key words and learning objectives. Concentrates on basic concepts; biology, psychology, and sociology of mental retardation; intervention issues; and family considerations. Illustrated in two-tone. Previous edition: c1998.

The Mental Retardation and Developmental Disability Treatment Planner

Author: Arthur E. Jongsma Jr.
Publication Date:2000-07-20
List Price:$65.00
Lowest New Price:$49.88
The Mental Retardation and Developmental Disability Treatment Planner provides all the elements necessary to quickly and easily develop formal treatment plans that satisfy the demands of HMOs, managed care companies, third-party payers, and state and federal review agencies.
  • Saves you hours of time-consuming paperwork, yet offers the freedom to develop customized treatment plans for the severely and persistently mentally ill
  • Organized around 28 main presenting problems, from family conflicts to paranoia, parenting, health issues, and more
  • Over 1,000 clear statements describe the behavioral manifestations of each relational problem, and includes long-term goals, short-term objectives, and clinically tested treatment options
  • Easy -to -use reference format helps locate treatment plan components by behavioral problem or DSM IV(TM) diagnosis
  • Includes a sample treatment plan that conforms to the requirements of most third-party payers and accrediting agencies (including JCAHO and NCQA)

Mental Retardation in the 21st Century

Publication Date:1999-09
List Price:$89.29
Lowest New Price:$89.29
...provides a unique view of the field at the turn of the century from people who have been instrumental in shaping this very history...

Mental Retardation in America: A Historical Reader (The History of Disability)

Publication Date:2004-02-01
List Price:$28.00
Lowest New Price:$16.73

The expressions "idiot, you idiot, you're an idiot, don't be an idiot," and the like are generally interpreted as momentary insults. But, they are also expressions that represent an old, if unstable, history. Beginning with an examination of the early nineteenth century labeling of mental retardation as "idiocy," to what we call developmental, intellectual, or learning disabilities, Mental Retardation in America chronicles the history of mental retardation, its treatment and labeling, and its representations and ramifications within the changing economic, social, and political context of America.

Mental Retardation in America includes essays with a wide range of authors who approach the problems of retardation from many differing points of view. This work is divided into five sections, each following in chronological order the major changes in the treatment of people classified as retarded. Exploring historical issues, as well as current public policy concerns, Mental Retardation in America covers topics ranging from representations of the mentally disabled as social burdens and social menaces; Freudian inspired ideas of adjustment and adaptation; the relationship between community care and institutional treatment; historical events, such as the Buck v. Bell decision, which upheld the opinion on eugenic sterilization; the evolution of the disability rights movement; and the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 1990.

Inventing the Feeble Mind: A History of Mental Retardation in the United States (Medicine and Society)

Author: James W. Trent
Publication Date:1995-12-19
List Price:$33.95
Lowest New Price:
James W. Trent uses public documents, private letters, investigative reports, and rare photographs to explore our changing perceptions of mental retardation over the past 150 years. He contends that the economic vulnerability of mentally retarded people (and their families), more than the claims made for their intellectual or social limitations, has determined their institutional treatment.

Christmas in Purgatory: A Photographic Essay on Mental Retardation

Author: Burton Blatt
Publication Date:1974-06
List Price:$21.95
Lowest New Price:$632.07
This classic photo essay of legally sanctioned human abuse in state institutions was written and photographed (1965) long before the current right-to-treatment lawsuits on behalf of institutionalized people.

Genetics and Mental Retardation Syndromes: A New Look at Behavior and Interventions

Author: Elisabeth Dykens Ph.D.
Publication Date:2000-08-31
List Price:$39.95
Lowest New Price:$23.16

New genetic causes of mental retardation are being discovered at rapid rates—every day more people are diagnosed with specific syndromes. This comprehensive and timely guide identifies characteristics of people who have these syndromes to help you understand their behaviors and their needs, so you'll be able to provide better interventions and create wider community inclusion.

You'll get easy-to-read, detailed discussions of four major syndromes—Down, Williams, fragile X, and Prader-Willi—on genetic causes and implications, prevalence, basic physical characteristics, cognitive profiles, speech and language, medical complications, and behaviors. Research-based intervention strategies are explained to help you with education, personal relationships, employment, and residential issues. Five other, less researched syndromes—velocardiofacial, Rubinstein-Taybi, Angelman, Smith-Magenis, and 5p- (cri du chat) are also featured, giving you in-depth information you won't find elsewhere.

Mental Retardation and Intellectual Disabilities: Teaching Students Using Innovative and Research-Based Strategies

Author: Michael L. Wehmeyer
Publication Date:2005-01-01
List Price:$37.60
Lowest New Price:$24.99
Filled with tested and hands-on strategies, this is an essential guide to working with students with intellectual disabilities. Increasingly in special education, there is a call for evidence-based practices to improve outcomes of students with mental retardation. Teaching takes research in the five general areas of assessment, instruction, classroom management, social and communication skills, and self-determination and translates it into simple strategies that work in every classroom.

A must-have companion for all special education students and teachers!

Also available:

Mental Retardation: Definition, Classification, and Systems of Supports - ISBN 0940898810
Workbook: Mental Retardation (10th Edition) - ISBN 0940898829

Since 1876, the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) has been providing worldwide leadership in the field of disabilities. AAIDD is the oldest and largest interdisciplinary organization of professionals and citizens concerned about intellectual and developmental disabilities.

AAIDD publishes books for professionals in developmental disability in the areas of:

-Supported living
-Definition of intellectual disability
-Disability funding
-Positive behavior support
-Palliative care
-Quality of life

Manual of Diagnosis and Professional Practice in Mental Retardation

Publication Date:1996-01
List Price:$24.95
Lowest New Price:$69.55
This manual serves as a consolidated source of major findings from psychological science and practice in the field of mental retardation. Chapters in this volume address such broadly-ranging topics as adaptive behaviour, neuropsychology, biological factors in prevention and treatment, cultural considerations, sexuality, and interdisciplinary collaboration in service delivery. Changes in the way mental retardation is defined have mainly reflected changing conceptions of how it should be measured. One important goal of this book is to institute a workable definition that provides guidelines for recognising and classifying mental retardation on the basis of psychological assessment. The standards and practices highlighted in this volume should serve as a starting point for further advances as well as for a more profound understanding of the developmental and behavioural processes that are involved in mental retardation and other disorders of human development.

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