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VOL. 116 | NO. 61 | Thursday, March 28, 2002

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Coalition fights for childrens rights Coalition fights for childrens rights A newly formed local group, the Coalition for the Educational Rights of Children, is on a mission to provide greater advocacy for and community education about people with disabilities and their rights regarding special education issues. In its first community outreach, a conference on advocate training, "How to Get Services for Students with Disabilities," is 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. April 6. The coalition invites parents, educators, attorneys and other interested advocates to learn more about the complex regulations surrounding the learning needs and entitlements of students with disabilities. The one-day workshop is designed to teach how to understand the current school system with respect to providing an appropriate education for a child with special learning needs. "One of the biggest challenges facing parents of children with learning disabilities is coping with the system. Every child has a right to develop to its full potential and training is necessary to know how to do that," said Connie Ross, a guest presenter and attorney with the University of Memphis Legal Clinic. Ross said the workshop will give parents the support and knowledge they need to prepare for various administrative meetings and hearings with school system officials by offering information about laws, procedures and how to advocate for your childs rights. A range of topics will be discussed during breakout sessions such as discipline, technology, health impairments, special education law and inclusion. Other conference presenters include Jenness Roth, Support and Training for Exceptional Parents; Kathleen A. Johnston, Memphis and Shelby County Health Department school health supervisor; Karen Anderson, Access Center for Technology; Tom Buggey, Restructuring for Inclusive School Environments; and Webb Brewer, Memphis Area Legal Services litigation director. The coalition is comprised of several health and legal services representatives co-sponsoring the event: the University of Memphis Instruction and Curriculum Leadership, University of Memphis School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy; Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, Memphis Area Legal Services Inc., University of Tennessee Boling Center for Developmental Disabilities, Memphis Center for Independent Living, Mid-South Association for Retarded Citizens, Tennessee Protection and Advocacy Inc. and Support and Training for Exceptional Parents. There is no charge for the conference, which includes a luncheon panel however participation is limited to the first 90 people. The one-day workshop is scheduled for the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, 3715 Central Ave. For information about registration including free parking, call Elissa Pizza, 678-4777, or e-mail at elissapizza@aol.com.
RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 62 288 2,619
MORTGAGES 52 197 1,783
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 16 53 275
BUILDING PERMITS 0 569 5,701
BANKRUPTCIES 0 87 993
BUSINESS LICENSES 0 110 491
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 0 0
MARRIAGE LICENSES 0 0 0