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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

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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 assist them. Anyone encountering the special education maze should read this book, which describes a complicated and sometimes adversarial process as clearly as is humanly possible. Although Cohen does not provide legal advice, pointing out that special education law is ever-changing, his book is a godsend for those of us encountering FAPE (Free Appropriate Public Education), LRE (Least Restrictive Environment), and PLOP (Present Level of Performance) for the first time. Chapters include an overview of legal protections, eligibility, the evaluation process, and Individualized Education Programs (IEPs); define least restrictive environment; discuss private placement and behavior management; segue into transition and graduation; and clarify legal concepts such as procedural safeguards, mediation, and due process. Also invaluable are a list of useful web sites, acronyms used in special education, and sample letters (such as a request for an impartial due process hearing or for an independent evaluation). Highly recommended.
—Elizabeth Safford

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781843108931
  • Publisher: Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/15/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 302
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

Introduction 13

Ch. 1 An Overview of Legal Protections for Children with Disabilities 29

Ch. 2 Eligibility 39

Ch. 3 The Evaluation and Reevaluation Process 79

Ch. 4 Free Appropriate Public Education and the IEP Process 101

Ch. 5 Special Education and Related Services 135

Ch. 6 Least Restrictive Environment 145

Ch. 7 Private Placement 163

Ch. 8 Behavior Management and Discipline 177

Ch. 9 Special Issues Concerning Transition and Graduation 193

Ch. 10 Procedural Safeguards, Mediation, and Due Process 207

Ch. 11 A Comparison of the IDEA and Section 504 233

Ch. 12 The Psychology and Politics of Special Education: A Context 241

Ch. 13 How Laws Work: Who Has Trump? 257

Ch. 14 Conclusion 265

Notes 267

App. A Important Web Sites 283

App. B Acronyms Commonly Used in Special Education 287

App. C Sample Letters 291

Index 299

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2013

    Excellent resource

    This is an easy-to-read guide for parents and professionals.

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  • Posted February 19, 2009

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    This is an excellent guide to the educational rights of children with disabilities. A pubic education is a guaranteed right, but unfortunately it is often a right which must be fought for and won for special needs children. This book provides a blueprint for how to navigate the system and advocate for those children.

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