You, your Child, and "special" Education

You, your Child, and "special" Education

A Guide to Dealing With the System

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Cutler, an independent consultant and advocate who has worked with service and advocacy organizations to obtain services and support for her autistic son and other children, offers a guide for parents dealing with the special education system to understanding and protecting their child's educational rights provided by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA). She outlines the characteristics of an effective advocate, changes and additions to the law, the power structure of school systems and how they use myths to try to control and distance parents, how to apply everyday skills to becoming a confident and competent advocate, how to use these skills in the child's classroom, and the individualized education program process and monitoring, implementing, and rejecting an IEP. Online resources are provided instead of a bibliography. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Overwhelmed and intimidated: That's how many parents feel when they're dealing with the complex special education system. How can they transform themselves into confident, knowledgeable advocates and get their children the free appropriate public education they're entitled to? Give them the answers with this empowering survival guide, the book with the straight talk parents want and the encouragement they need as they work to get the best services for their child.

A comprehensive update of a resource parents have relied on for more than 17 years, this no-nonsense guide cuts right through the myths and obstacles that block the way to better education for a child with special needs. Veteran advocacy expert Barbara Cutler directly addresses parents with empathy and candor, drawing on 30 years of professional expertise and her deep personal insight as the mother of a son with autism. Share this book with parents and they'll have the step-by-step, real-world guidance they need to

  • proactively participate in IEP meetings to secure more and better services for their child
  • develop productive assertiveness that gets real results
  • arrange, prepare for, and conduct a classroom observation
  • recognize and defeat the popular arguments against inclusion
  • communicate and negotiate effectively with school personnel
  • learn how to say no and fight for the child's rights if an IEP is not acceptable
  • make the most of support from personal advocates and parent and citizen organizations
  • fully understand their legal rights and the elements of a free appropriate public education and least restrictive environment
  • monitor IEP implementation and intervene if the school doesn't deliver agreed-upon services

Going far beyond abstract advice, Cutler makes successful advocacy come to life through sample letters and dialogues, realistic vignettes, practical materials like a detailed classroom observation checklist, and solutions to large and small problems that might arise.

One of the most important books a parent will ever have, this is an essential resource for every professional to share with the families they serve. Parents will discover how to become strong, independent, and effective advocates—and their children will get an inclusive and appropriate education that helps them reach their full potential.

Parents will master the special education system and get their child the services they need with this empowering advocacy guide, packed with step-by-step, real-world guidance on everything from classroom observations to conflict resolution.

Publisher: Baltimore : Paul H. Brookes Pub. Co., [2010]
Edition: Revised edition
Copyright Date: ©2010
ISBN: 9781598571233
Branch Call Number: 371.9 Cutler 2010
Characteristics: xvi, 294 pages ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Pratt, Sue


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