A Guide to Special Education Advocacy: What Parents, Clinicians and Advocates Need to Know

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Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Feb 25, 2009 - Education - 304 pages
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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.
 

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Cohen, a disability rights expert, attorney, and parent, has written an invaluable guide for parents who "must serve as the ultimate case managers for the child" and the clinicians and advocates who ... Read full review

Contents

Acknowledgments
12
An Overview of Legal Protections for Children with Disabilities
28
Eligibility
38
The Evaluation and Reevaluation Process
78
Free Appropriate Public Education and the IEP Process
101
Special Education and Related Services
134
Least Restrictive Environment
144
Private Placement
162
A Comparison of the IDEA and Section 504
232
A Context
241
Who Has Trump?
256
Conclusion
264
Notes
267
Important Web Sites
282
Acronyms Commonly Used in Special Education
286
Sample Letters
290

Behavior Management and Discipline
177
Special Issues Concerning Transition and Graduation
192
Procedural Safeguards Mediation and Due Process
206
Index
298
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Matthew Cohen is Adjunct Professor at Loyola University of Chicago School of Law, where he teaches Mental Health Law. He is a partner at Monahan and Cohen Law Firm in Chicago, Illinois and has extensive experience of working one-on-one with children and their families who have been let down by current special education policies.

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