Special Education Overviews

  • Chen, Deborah and Annie Cox, The First IEP: Parent Perspectives  (Brookes Publishing, 2005).  DVD.  Resources for parents and early childhood professionals to help children make the transition from early intervention to preschool.
  • Cutler, Barbara Coyne and Sue Pratt, You, Your Child and “Special” Education: A Guide to Dealing with the System, Revised Edition (Brookes Publishing, 2010).  A comprehensive guide for parents.
  • Rothstein, Laura and Scott F. Johnson, Special Education Law, 4th edition (Sage Publications, 2009).  Overview of current federal laws affecting the education of children with special needs.
  • Wilmshurst, Linda and Alan W. Brue, The Complete Guide to Special Education: Expert Advice on Evaluations, IEPs, and Helping Kids Succeed, 2nd edition (Jossey Bass, 2010).   The authors, who have more than 25 years of experience working with parents and educators, go through every step of the special education process.
  • Winterman, Kathleen and Clarissa Rosas, The IEP Checklist (Brookes Publishing, 2014).  A guide to developing IEPs.
  • Wright, Peter, Pamela Wright, and Sandra Webb O’Connor, Wrightslaw: All About IEPs (Harbor House Law Press, 2010).  Complete coverage of the IEP process in a question/answer format.
  • Wright, Peter and Pamela Wright, Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd edition (Harbor House Law Press, 2007).  Special education experts Peter and Pam Wright explain IDEA and other aspects of special education law.

Special Education Advocacy

  • Cohen, Matthew, A Guide to Special Education Advocacy (Jessica Kingsley, 2009).  The author, an attorney and disability rights expert, draws on his experience working with families to guide parents in navigating issues in special education.
  • Equip for Equality
  • Families and Advocates Partnership for Education
  • Family Resource Center on Disabilities
  • Morin, Amanda, The Everything Parent’s Guide to Special Education: A Complete Step-By-Step Guide to Advocating for Your Child With Special Needs (Adams Media, 2014).  A guide for parents on how to prepare and advocate for the best education for their child.
  • Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights
  • Wright, Peter and Pamela Wright, Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy: The Special Education Survival Guide, 2nd edition (Harbor House Law Press, 2006).  A guide to the special education process for parents. The book includes many strategies for becoming an effective advocate, as well as explaining provisions of special education law and the IEP process.
  • Wrightslaw

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