ERIC Number: ED363051
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Advocacy Manual: A Parent's How-To Guide for Special Education Services.
Learning Disabilities Association of America, Pittsburgh, PA.
This manual is intended to help parents understand how to work with school systems to obtain the best possible education for their children with learning disabilities. The guide begins with a definition of learning disabilities and describes the characteristics of successful advocates. The importance of keeping written records of requests, telephone calls, meetings, and agreed upon courses of action is emphasized. Provisions of major laws are noted. The guide then goes on to discuss the evaluation process, eligibility for special education services, the Individualized Education Plan (IEP), student placement, monitoring student progress, settling disagreements,and communicating and negotiating. The manual points out the importance of frequent and early communication with the child's teacher as the key to effective advocating. Appendices offer more detailed guidance on what to look for in the IEP, nonconfrontational parent-professional communications, a glossary of terms, sample letters, a list of parent training and information centers, and organizational sources for further information. (JDD)
Descriptors: Child Advocacy, Due Process, Elementary Secondary Education, Individualized Education Programs, Learning Disabilities, Parent School Relationship, Parent Teacher Cooperation, Special Education, Student Evaluation, Student Placement
Learning Disabilities Association of America, 4156 Library Rd., Pittsburgh, PA 15234 ($5).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Learning Disabilities Association of America, Pittsburgh, PA.