Special Education

Navigating the unfamiliar waters of special education can be overwhelming for parents, teachers, and students. This section contains helpful information about the basics of special education: the process, the IEP, and inclusion.

Tests and Measurements for the Parent, Teacher, Advocate and Attorney

By: Peter W. D. Wright and Pamela Darr Wright (2007)

Learn to develop the evidence you need to support your belief that your child is not receiving the right help in school. Peter and Pamela Wright, from Wrightslaw, tell you how to interpret and chart your child's test scores, graph your child's progress, and successfully communicate with the educators who make decisions about your child.

Designing a Dossier: An Instruction Book for Your Child

By: Rick Lavoie (2007)

Many of the adults in your child's life are unfamiliar with learning disorders in general, or your child's unique pattern of strengths and limitations. Developing a one- to three-page dossier that provides useful information about your child can help their babysitters, coaches, teachers, bus drivers, school support staff, neighbors, and relatives understand their limitations. This article describes key elements of such a document and provides a sample.

Understanding the Special Education Process

By: PACER Center (2007)

This overview from the PACER Center walks parents through each step of the special education process, describing what happens from the time a child is referred for evaluation through the development of an individualized education program (IEP).

Attending Meetings to Plan Your Child's Individualized Education Program (IEP)

By: PACER Center (2007)

This checklist prepared by the PACER Center will help parents prepare for and get the most out of Individualized Education Plan (IEP) meetings with school staff.

Response to Intervention (RTI): A Primer for Parents

By: Mary Beth Klotz and Andrea Canter (2007)

Learn what questions to ask about Response to Intervention (RTI), an approach to helping struggling learners that is gaining momentum in schools across the country. This article from the National Association of School Psychologists tells you the most important features of the process, key terms, and RTI's relationship to special education evaluation.

Preparing for an IEP Meeting

By: PACER Center (2006)

This checklist prepared by the PACER Center will help parents prepare for and get the most out of Individualized Education Plan (IEP) meetings with the school staff.

How Parents Can Be Advocates for Their Children

By: Coordinated Campaign for Learning Disabilities (2000)

Parents are often the best educational advocates for their children, especially children with a learning disability. The Coordinated Campaign for Learning Disabilities (CCLD) has developed the following tips to help parents champion their child.

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