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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.