- Paperback: 264 pages
- Publisher: Woodbine House; 3 Sub edition (January 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0933149727
- ISBN-13: 978-0933149724
- Product Dimensions: 10 x 7 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,745,797 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Negotiating the Special Education Maze: A Guide for Parents and Teachers Paperback – January, 1997
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This book is a good start to get you, as the parent-advocate, in the frame of mind you need to be in when "negotiating the special education maze." My brief experience in the field has taught me that the most frustrated parents are those that are the least informed about what their rights are. Like trading stocks on the stock market, operating within the criminal justice system, or living in a foreign culture, the domain of special education has a culture, and rules all its own. If the parent does not know how to "play the game," you will be rolled by school districts that pay a lot of lip-service to providing an "education for all," but in practice are only concerned about the "best and the brightest."
I would also highly recommend doing two things if you are a parent of a special needs child, and you are just about to enter "the maze;"
(1) I would look in your local phone directory for a special ed. advocacy group, or some type of parent group, where you can join with other parents and learn about the special ed. field, and what is available in your area. (2) I would also join the Council for Exceptional Children as they are an excellent source of special ed. info. re: legislation, parent rights, advocacy, etc. I hope that this review helps in inspiring you to become better informed about the "system" so that you can obtain the best for your child.Read more ›
This review appeared in the Annotated Bibliography Section of Learning A Living; A Guide to Planning Your Career and Finding A Job for People with Learning Disabilities, Attention Deficit Disorder and Dyslexia by Dale S. Brown