Complete IEP Guide: How to Advocate for Your Special Ed Childby Lawrence M. Siegel
Nolo's acclaimed The Complete IEP Guide will guide you through the IEP process. The book provides all the plain-English instructions
The Individualized Education Program (IEP) determines the nuts and bolts of your child's special education. But it's easy to get lost in the paperwork and bureaucracy if you don't know your way through the intricacies of the system.
Nolo's acclaimed The Complete IEP Guide will guide you through the IEP process. The book provides all the plain-English instructions, suggestions, strategies, resources and forms you need to:
The 5th edition is completely updated to reflect the latest--and major-- changes to the Individuals With Disabilities Act (IDEA), the law that governs special education and the IEP process.
Whether you're new to the IEP process or entering it once again, this user-friendly guide is your outline for an effective educational experience for your child.
Executive Director, Matrix Parent Network and Resource Center
“This guide is a godsend…” New Orleans Times-Picayune
“Help[s] parents advocate for their child’s educational needs.” Providence Journal
"Provides all the strategies, forms, and instructions parents need to make the most of the Individualized Education Program" Reference & Research Book News
"Finally, an understandable and practical guide through the complex special education maze of the IEP! The Complete IEP Guide is must reading for any parent whether you're beginning the journey into special education or a veteran of the process." Larry Komar State Council for Children & Adults With Attention Deficit Disorder (CHADD)
"Siegel, a special education attorney and advocate, helps parents advocate for their special needs children and understand the individualized education program (IEP) process. He explains special education law and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), getting started and obtaining school records, getting organized, developing an IEP blueprint for the child's education, the role of evaluations, eligibility, exploring options and making the case, writing goals, preparing for and attending the IEP meeting, resolving disputes through due process, filing a complaint, finding a lawyer and doing legal research, and joining a parent organization. The guide focuses on helping children between the ages of three and 22 and does not address transition services that help children prepare for a job or college, including independent living skills, or discipline issues like suspension and expulsion. Forms, sample letters, and resources are available online." Eithne O'Leyne, Editor Ringgold, Inc. ProtoView
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Meet the Author
Lawrence Siegel has been a Special Education Attorney and Advocate since 1979, and has represented children with disabilities extensively in IEPs, due process, complaints, legal action and before legislative and policy bodies. Mr. Siegel has lectured and consulted with advocacy and parent groups throughout the country and is a member of the California Advisory Commission on Special Education. He has written special education legislation that has been adopted in several states and is the author of Least Restrictive Environment: The Paradox of Inclusion (LRP Publications, 1994). Mr. Siegel is the founder and Director of the National Deaf Education Project which works to ensure that the fundamental communication needs of deaf and hard of hearing children are part of the educational system. In 2004-5 he was appointed to an endowed chair at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. for his work as an advocate special education
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This book is too general and doesn't address the details of how to advocate through the system for your child's best interest.
This has been a fantastic reference to help us navigate through the red tape at our childs school. Every parent needs to know theirs and their childs rights!
This book helped me through my toughest trials. I was able to get paperwork that I never thought I can get. This book also helped me through my meetings and gave me a better understanding of what I was getting into.
As the parent of a deaf child, I re-read this every year in the days before the annual IEP meeting. While of course, not all the info is going to apply to every family's individual situation, this book definitely helps me to feel more prepared to advocate for my daughter.
This book goes a good job of explaining the process. It also tells which strategies work and which don't.