ERIC Number: ED469847
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Jun
One Child at a Time: A Parent Handbook and Resource Directory for African American Families with Children Who Learn Differently.
Tidwell, Nancy R.
This handbook provides a guide to assist African American parents of children with learning disabilities to become advocates for their children and raise awareness about learning differences. An introductory section notes the disproportionate risk of African American boys for being labeled mentally retarded and placed in special education. The guide then goes on to explain what a learning disability is, types of learning disability, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, accessing special education services (including the benefits of evaluation and the Individualized Education Program), rights and responsibilities under the law, common reasons for referral to special education, grade repetition, and private schools. Additional issues briefly addressed include attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, lead poisoning, communication, and differences versus disorders. The guide concludes with specific ways parents can help their children achieve school success and make their voice heard. A resource directory lists resources on assessment and testing, legal services, schools serving children with learning disabilities (by state), summer camps, colleges and universities with programs and services, information about scholarships and financial assistance, and some national organizations. (DB)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Black Students, Child Advocacy, Disproportionate Representation, Educational Legislation, Educational Resources, Elementary Secondary Education, Individual Differences, Labeling (of Persons), Learning Disabilities, Males, Parent Role, Special Education, Student Rights
National Association for the Education of African American Children with Learning Disabilities (NAEAACLD), P.O. Box 09521, Columbus, OH 43209. For full text: http://www.charityadvantage.com/aacld/ArticlesandPublications.asp.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Association for the Education of African American Children with Learning Disabilities, Columbus, OH.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act