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

Authors: Winifred Anderson, Stephen R. Chitwood, Deidre Hayden, Cherie Takemoto

ISBN: 978-1-890627-46-1


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?

In 2017, as this information is being routinely verified, it appears the book is out of print with the publisher. Click on the "Web Links" tab above to check for copies available on booksellers websites.

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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