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Product Information Negotiating the Special Education Maze A Guide for Parents and Teachers, Fourth Edition

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This is the fourth edition and provides an overview of special education services, and the necessary processes to obtain them. Here are a few excerpts from the publisher’s website:

“The book covers all the crucial components parents and advocates need to consider from anticipating a child is not succeeding in a program or school to seeking an evaluation; from planning an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP), to understanding classroom placement options and monitoring progress.”

“Key topics include:

-Eligibility for services
-Understanding the IEP process
-How to write effective goals
-Tips on participating in IEP meetings
-Making sure IEPs are carried out and effective

The new fourth edition provides expanded information on:
-Transitioning from high school to adult life
1. Employment
2. Independent living
3. Self-advocacy
4. Continuing education
-Required statewide assessments for all students
-Problem solving disagreements between families and schools
-Due process and other legal recourses”

Table of Contents:

Chapter 1: Beginning the Journey--A Plan for the Trip
Chapter 2: People and Procedures--Charting Your Course
Chapter 3: You and Your Child--Strengthening Exercises for the Journey
Chapter 4: Referral and Evaluation--Which Way to Go
Chapter 5: The Evaluation Process--Navigation Survival Tips
Chapter 6: The Eligibility Decision--A Turning Point
Chapter 7: The Individualized Education Program--Road Maps, Sign Posts, One-Way Streets
Chapter 8: Placement: Crossroads and Intersections--Which Way to Go?
Chapter 9: The Individualized Education Program Meeting--Choosing the Route Forward
Chapter 10: Checking Up--Making Sure You’re Going in the Right Direction
Chapter 11: Early Intervention for Infants and Toddlers—A Place to Start
Chapter 12: Transition--Pathways to the Future
Chapter 13: Transition Plans--Mapping the Rest of the Journey
Chapter 14: Resolving Disagreements—Detours
Chapter 15: Protection Against Discrimination--Alternative Routes through the Maze
Chapter 16: Looking Back at the Special Education Maze--Does the Journey Ever End?

Taken from the publisher’s website on 5/5/10 (www.woodbinehouse.com/main.asp_Q_product_id_E_978-1-890627-46-1_A_.asp)
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