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.
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.
Preface. Acknowledgements. 1. Introduction. 2. An Overview of Legal Protections for Children with Disabilities. 3. Eligibility. 4. Evaluation/Reevaluation and Independent Evaluations. 5. Free Appropriate Public Education and the IEP Process. 6. Special Education and Related Services. 7. Least Restrictive Environment. 8. Private Placement. 9. Behavior Management and Discipline. 10. Special Issues Concerning Transition and Graduation. 11.Procedural Safeguards, Mediation and Due Process. 12. Section 504 Basics and the Pros and Cons of IDEA vs. Section 504. 13. The Psychology and Politics of Special Education: A Context. 14. How Laws Work: Who has the Trump. 15. Conclusion. Appendix 1: Key Websites. Appendix 2: Commonly Used Acronyms. Appendix 3: Key Sample Letters.