SPED Parent Basic Toolkit
|"I strongly believe
that behind the success of every disabled child is a passionately
intensely engaged, and totally empowered parent,
not always the child's mother."
|This quote is from
the book, "Overcoming Dyslexia", by Sally Shaywitz, M.D., Knopf, 2003,
Rigby, Our Administrator of Student Support
read this quote to our
PAC, at her welcome meeting, on Sept. 10, 2003.
- You need to educate your self in two areas:
is to learn about your child's disability:
on our website that you might find helpful. Our book
page, has books listed by disability, our disabilities
links page has other sites you can visit and last we highly
that you join one or two of the disability
organization that matches your child's disability.
is to gather information about special education laws.
- Get a hard
of the state
regulation (766), and Federal law (IDEA). You
can find these at both Concord libraries or view/print it
on-line. Order your own
copies of the regulations (see
our law page).
- There are
several advocacy books our members have recommend, visit our
- The first
Federation for Children
with Special Needs, workshops that you want to attend:
- Get a copy of the
'A Parent's Guide to Special Education Manual' by Federation for
Children and Department of Education (DOE), 12/10/01.
- Request the
school to evaluate
your child, see Why Evaluate page, and Sample
Letter to send a written to the school special education). A
Child Study is different then having your child evaluated using
- Go to your
and get a copy of your child's school file:
- Some of the more telling pieces of
documentation are 'Level-to-Level transfer' notes from the teacher
- Get copies of any state testing scores
(i.e. LOWA, MCAS, etc.)