Your Special Education Rights: What Your School District Isn't Telling You

Your Special Education Rights: What Your School District Isn't Telling You

by Jennifer Laviano, Julie Swanson

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781510719408
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
Publication date: 08/15/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 1,159,737
File size: 535 KB

About the Author

Jennifer Laviano is a special education attorney in private practice in Connecticut. Her firm's representation of children with special needs encompasses the full spectrum of advocacy under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and Section 504, from attendance at IEP team meetings and mediation to litigation in due process hearings and federal court. She is a regular presenter on the subject of the special legal rights of children with disabilities and their entitlement to receive a free and appropriate education and to be free from disability-based discrimination.

Julie Swanson is a special education advocate whose practice grew out of her efforts to help her son. As an advocate, she helps parents navigate the special education process, including attending IEP and Section 504 meetings. She speaks frequently on special education matters and has a long-standing history of service on special education–related state boards, task forces, and legislative appointments to state councils.

Table of Contents

A Note from the Authors xi

Introduction: The One/Two Punch xvii

Part 1 What Your School District Isn't Telling You 1

1 Your Special Education Director May Not Know Who You Are 5

2 Who's Chairing the Meeting, Anyway? 9

3 They Care about Money. A Lot. 15

4 Teachers Need to Eat, Too 25

5 The Tension between Regular and Special Education 31

6 Other Parents Are Complaining about Your Kid 39

7 The Meeting before the Meeting 45

8 The Teacher Needs Help, bat Nobody Wants to Say So 49

9 The Least Trained Person and the Most Complex Children 53

10 Why They Care about Which Label They Give Your Child 59

11 The Perils of Doing Nothing: Lessons from Sandy Hook 65

Part 2 Moving Forward 73

12 You Have Rights 75

13 The Right to Ask for an Evaluation for Services 81

14 The Right to a Second Opinion 87

15 Counseling and Training Are Not Just for Kids 95

16 Discrimination, Retaliation, Intimidation, Oh My! 101

17 Procedural Safeguards 109

18 You Shouldn't Have to Pay for That 113

19 Can You Observe Your Child in School? 117

20 Scheduling IEP Meetings 125

21 Special Education Urban Legends Exposed 129

22 Getting Ready for Primetime: Transition to Adulthood 135

Part 3 Where the Rubber Meets the Road 141

23 Demystify the Paperwork 143

24 We Have a Form for That! 147

25 Bring Your A Game 153

26 Know the Players 161

27 Toothless IEP Language 167

28 Little-Understood IEP Essentials 173

29 Finding Your Advocacy Style 183

30 Best-Kept Secrets 187

References 193

Acknowledgments 197

Index 201

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Cynthia Daniels-Hall More than 1 year ago
Jennifer Laviano and Julie Swanson have covered many of the complex issues we navigate in special education advocacy. This book is a valuable resource and easily accessible for everyone. The "What you can do about it" pages in the book will inform and empower as it steps you through considerations for possible next steps when faced with challenging situations.