Special Education Advocacy

Author: Ruth Colker,Julie K. Waterstone,Yael Zakai Cannon,Laura N. Rinaldi,Esther Canty-Barnes,Jane R. Wettach,Brenda Berlin,Jennifer N. Rosen Valverde

Publisher: LexisNexis

ISBN: 0327176105

Category: Law

Page: 746

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Professors Colker and Waterstone, and the eight contributors to discrete chapters of Special Education Advocacy, have collaborated to try to provide students and lawyers with the basic tools they need to be effective advocates in educational cases involving children with disabilities. Special Education Advocacy is designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of special education advocates. By using examples and simulations based on real cases, the authors and contributors hope to illuminate the major principles that are important to successful advocacy on behalf of children with disabilities.


From Emotions to Advocacy : the Special Education Survival Guide

Author: Peter W. D. Wright,Pamela Darr Wright

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781892320094

Category: Education

Page: 311

View: 4742

Aimed at parents of, and advocates for, special needs children, explains how to develop a relationship with a school, monitor a child's progress, understand relevant legislation, and document correspondence and conversations.

A Guide to Special Education Advocacy

What Parents, Clinicians and Advocates Need to Know

Author: Matthew Cohen

Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

ISBN: 9781846429217

Category: Education

Page: 304

View: 1315

Disability law can be complex and intimidating, so how can concerned parents use it to ensure their child with a disability receives the appropriate education they are legally entitled to? A Guide to Special Education Advocacy gives strategies for advocating for better provision of special education in schools. Despite the many services and accommodations that have been made for students with disabilities, such as the use of Braille or providing specialized education in a regular or special classroom, many children with disabilities do not get the services they need and are not placed in appropriate programs or settings. Because of this, the perception of disability often remains unchanged. Matthew Cohen's insightful manual gives a practical vision of how a parent or a professional can become an advocate to achieve a more inclusive and rewarding education for the child with a disability. This book will provide parents, people with disabilities, professionals and clinicians thinking about special education advocacy with an overview of current disability law and how it works, identifying practical ways for building positive and effective relationships with schools.

Making a Difference

Advocacy Competencies for Special Education Professionals

Author: Craig R. Fiedler

Publisher: Allyn & Bacon


Category: Education

Page: 258

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Making a Difference: Advocacy Competencies for Special Education Professionals is the only single comprehensive source on the role and responsibility of special education professionals as advocates for children with disabilities. Most pre-service educational programs only cursorily cover the topic of advocacy, leaving many to enter the field without the knowledge and skills necessary for effective advocacy. This highly specialized book fills this training void by presenting the competencies, dispositions, knowledge, and skills necessary to become an effective advocate. Pre-service and in-service educators are introduced to topics such as ethical disposition, special education law, dispute resolution mechanisms, interpersonal communication skills, collaboration skills, and conflict resolution skills. In addition, numerous vignettes and case studies throughout help readers connect text concepts to real-life issues. Compassionate and informative, this book helps special education professionals learn how to make a difference in the educational lives of children with disabilities. For special education teachers and administrators.

Special Needs Advocacy Resource Book

What You Can Do Now to Advocate for Your Exceptional Child's Education

Author: Rich Weinfeld,Michelle Davis


ISBN: 1593633092

Category: Education

Page: 316

View: 5377

Special Needs Advocacy Resource Book: What You Can Do Now to Advocate for Your Exceptional Child's Education is a unique handbook that teaches parents how to work with schools to achieve optimal learning situations and accommodations for their child's needs. From IEPs and 504 Plans, to IDEA and NCLB, navigating today's school system can be difficult for even the most up-to-date, education savvy parent. Special needs advocates Rich Weinfeld and Michelle Davis provide parents and professional advocates with concise, easy-to-understand definitions and descriptions of legal terms and school regulations, along with checklists, tips, questionnaires, and other tools. Topics covered in this handy guide include gathering accurate information about a child's education, navigating school meetings, understanding education law, and best practices in the classroom, working effectively with parents and school systems, discovering educational options beyond the standard, and much more. Parents and advocates not only will feel informed by Weinfeld and Davis' vast knowledge of the inner workings of the school system—they'll be empowered to help their kids succeed in school.

Your Special Education Rights

What Your School District Isn’t Telling You

Author: Jennifer Laviano,Julie Swanson

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing Inc.

ISBN: 1510719407

Category: Education

Page: 224

View: 4938

Drawing on decades of experience, Jennifer Laviano, a high-profile special education attorney, and Julie Swanson, a sought-after special education advocate, help parents of students with disabilities navigate their school systems to get the services they need for their children. Parents will find no other book on special education like Your Special Education Rights. Julie and Jennifer demystify the federal laws that govern the rights of public school children with disabilities and explain how school districts often ignore or circumvent these laws. They pull the curtain back on the politics of special education, exposing truths that school districts don’t want you to know, such as the fact that teachers are often under extraordinary pressure not to spend resources on services. Most importantly, they outline the central rights you and your child have regarding your child’s education. Did you know that you can refer your child for a special education evaluation? That you can ask for a second opinion if you disagree with the results of some or all of the testing? That you are entitled to parent counseling, training, and more? They also show you how to take that knowledge and apply it to advocating for your child. Here’s what you need to know about the paperwork you will have to complete, detailed information on how to advocate for your child and how to craft language in documents that benefit your child, and more. Filled with vital information and invaluable resources, Your Special Education Rights gives you the information you need to help your child succeed in school and beyond.

The Complete IEP Guide

How to Advocate for Your Special Ed Child

Author: Lawrence M. Siegel

Publisher: Nolo

ISBN: 1413323863

Category: Education

Page: 384

View: 1748

Put the law on your child's side Federal law guarantees every child a free, appropriate education, and the goal of the Individualized Education Program (IEP) is to assure that every child with special needs receives what the law promises. But if you have a special ed child, you know that your family must make sure the school follows through. This powerful book covers: eligibility rules and assessments working with outside experts developing your child's ideal educational program preparing for and attending IEP meetings develop a blueprint of program and services, and resolving disputes with school districts. Whether you're new to the IEP process or entering it once again, this user-friendly, plain English guide is your outline for an effective educational experience for your child. This edition of The Complete IEP Guide provides key forms, sample letters and resources you need at every stage of the IEP process. With it, you can make sure your child gets a good education—the education he or she deserves.

How to Advocate Successfully for Your Child

What Every Parent Should Know about Special Education Law

Author: Greer M. Gurland,Greer M Gurland Esq

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781534613881


Page: 106

View: 1759

"A new, straightforward presentation-- in understanding language-- of the essentials you need to know to get you child what he or she needs"--Cover.


Asserting Your Child's Right to a Special Education

Author: David A. Sherman

Publisher: Autism Special Education Law

ISBN: 9780974445502

Category: Autistic children

Page: 356

View: 5557


Negotiating the Special Education Maze

A Guide for Parents and Teachers

Author: Winifred Anderson,Cherie Takemoto,Stephen Chitwood,Deidre Hayden

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781890627461

Category: Education

Page: 305

View: 2854

For more than 25 years, this classic guide has taken parents, guardians, educational advocates, and special educators step-by-step through the special education process. Now revised and updated, reflecting the latest changes to the special education laws, NEGOTIATING THE SPECIAL EDUCATION MAZE continues to provide thorough, time-tested advice based on the authors' years of ex- perience helping parents advocate for their child. The book covers all the crucial components parents and advocates need to consider from anticipating a child is not succeeding in a program or school to seeking an evaluation; from planning an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP), to understanding classroom placement options and monitoring progress. Key topics include: Eligibility for services Understanding the IEP process How to write effective goals Tips on participating in IEP meetings Making sure IEPs are carried out and effective The new fourth edition provides expanded in- formation on: Transitioning from high school to adult life 1. Employment 2. Independent living 3. Self-advocacy 4. Continuing education Required statewide assessments for all students Problem solving disagreements between families and schools Due process and other legal recourses Invaluable forms and charts help parents plan their IEP strategy, keep records and key contacts, log conversations and correspondence with important players, and track progress. This guide is one of the best tools available for understanding how to navigate the special education maze!

Dyslexia Advocate!

How to Advocate for a Child with Dyslexia within the Public Education System

Author: Kelli Sandman-Hurley

Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

ISBN: 178450274X

Category: Education

Page: 200

View: 7692

This straightforward guide provides the essential information for parents and advocates to understand US law and get the right educational entitlements for a child with dyslexia. Using case studies and examples, this book demonstrates clearly how to apply the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) to the unique requirements of a dyslexic child. It offers simple, intelligible help for parents on how to coordinate successfully with their child's school and achieve the right services and support for their dyslexic child; up to and beyond getting an effective Individual Education Plan (IEP). Dyslexia Advocate! is an invaluable tool for parents trying to negotiate a complex legal system in order to get the best outcome for their child. It is an essential guide for anyone who is considering acting as an advocate for a child with dyslexia.


Special Education Law

Author: Peter W. D. Wright,Pamela Darr Wright

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781892320162

Category: Law

Page: 442

View: 1882

Special Education law is confusing to parents, educators, advocates, and most attorneys. Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition provides a clear roadmap to the laws and how to get better services for all children with disabilities. Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition is an invaluale resource for parents, advocates, educators, and attorneys. you will refer to this book again and again.

When the School Says No...How to Get the Yes!

Securing Special Education Services for Your Child

Author: Vaughn Lauer

Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

ISBN: 0857006649

Category: Education

Page: 328

View: 4271

When planning a child's Individualized Education Program (IEP), it is vital that parents and educators are involved in collaborative decision making. This book offers parents of children with autism and other disabilities a unique way of approaching and tackling the problems that can arise relating to the provision of special education services. Taking a structured, cooperative approach to IEPs, the easily applicable six question process enables parents to determine the needs of their child and obtain the services required by asking key questions during IEP meetings. Explaining the approach through real life scenarios and issues, this book demonstrates how to achieve effective collaboration with school personnel, ensuring the child receives the appropriate and necessary educational program and services. Providing a practical, structured approach to IEP planning for parents and offering insight into the parental perspective for educators, this book is an invaluable resource for anyone involved in IEP meetings.

School Success for Kids with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders

Author: Michelle R. Davis,Vincent P. Culotta,Eric A. Levine

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781593634315

Category: Education

Page: 297

View: 8840

This guide gives parents and teachers of students with conduct disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, mood disorders, or other emotional and behavioral disorders the strategies they need to help these kids overcome their struggles and find success in school.

Disabled Education

A Critical Analysis of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

Author: Ruth Colker

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 081470848X

Category: Law

Page: 304

View: 9832

Enacted in 1975, the Education for All Handicapped Children Act – now called the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) provides all children with the right to a free and appropriate public education. On the face of it, the IDEA is a shining example of law’s democratizing impulse. But is that really the case? In Disabled Education, Ruth Colker digs deep beneath the IDEA’s surface and reveals that the IDEA contains flaws that were evident at the time of its enactment that limit its effectiveness for poor and minority children. Both an expert in disability law and the mother of a child with a hearing impairment, Colker learned first-hand of the Act’s limitations when she embarked on a legal battle to persuade her son’s school to accommodate his impairment. Colker was able to devote the considerable resources of a middle-class lawyer to her struggle and ultimately won, but she knew that the IDEA would not have benefitted her son without her time-consuming and costly legal intervention. Her experience led her to investigate other cases, which confirmed her suspicions that the IDEA best serves those with the resources to advocate strongly for their children. The IDEA also works only as well as the rest of the system does: struggling schools that serve primarily poor students of color rarely have the funds to provide appropriate special education and related services to their students with disabilities. Through a close examination of the historical evolution of the IDEA, the actual experiences of children who fought for their education in court, and social science literature on the meaning of “learning disability,” Colker reveals the IDEA’s shortcomings, but also suggests ways in which resources might be allocated more evenly along class lines.

Opening Doors, Opening Lives

Creating Awareness of Advocacy, Inclusion, and Education for Our Children with Special Needs

Author: Jennifer Greening

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781933916422

Category: Education

Page: 121

View: 8260

Have you ever wondered what it takes to educate your child with special needs in their neighbourhood school? In Opening Doors, Opening Lives), Jennifer Greening tells the story of her personal experiences related to getting her daughter, Marissa, integrated into the general education system. Written in a style that is gentle and friendly, Opening Doors, Opening Lives contains information that parents of children with special needs can use for their own children?s educational journey.

Special Ed Mom Survival Guide

How to Prevail in the Special Education Process and Discover Life-Long Strategies for You and Your Child.

Author: Bonnie Landau

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780999531600


Page: N.A

View: 5890

In the Special Ed Mom Survival Guide, Bonnie leads you through the vital steps you need to survive as a Special Ed Mom. From learning how to manage the emotional overwhelm of parenting a special needs child, to figuring out how to get the school to say yes to special education services, Bonnie presents a roadmap so you can find your way through all the confusion. Sharing tried and true methods, Bonnie will teach you how to discover your own inner compass so you can gain the ability and confidence to make decisions that bring results. Based on personal and professional experience, Bonnie will help you to: - Create the Right Mindset - Take Care of Yourself - Take Care of Your Child - Take Charge of the Special Ed Process - Understand the Special Education Process