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Nolo's IEP Guide: Learning Disabilities (Nolo's IEP Guide: Learning Disabilities)


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Publisher Comments:

Create an individualized education plan (IEP) and secure the education your child deserves!

Children with learning disabilities have different needs than other kids in special education — let Nolo's IEP Guide: Learning Disabilities help you work with your child's school to make sure those needs are met.

This one-of-a-kind book walks you through the Individual Education Program process, providing all the instructions, suggestions, resources, and forms you need to understand the special education system.

Step by step, you'll learn how to:

- understand your child's rights

- prepare to make your case

- untangle eligibility rules and evaluations

- develop effective IEP goals

- figure out the best programs, services and teaching strategies

- get ready for IEP meetings

- resolve disputes with the school district

- do legal research on learning-disability issues

The 5th edition has been updated to reflect the latest laws, federal regulations, and court decisions that affect the IEP process, and includes fully up-to-date forms, sample letters, and resources to help you every step of the way. Plus, read an expanded section about "appropriate" education measures resulting from a recent U.S. Supreme Court case, and get new details on eligibility for special education services for your child.

Book News Annotation:

This step-by-step guide to the individualized education plan (IEP) process is written especially for parents of children with learning disabilities. At every step, the plain-language guide explains the parents' and the child's rights under the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA), and gives advice on how to deal with teachers and school administrators. The reader-friendly layout includes boxes of tips, background information, and examples. An extensive set of appendices, about 160 pages total, helps parents gather necessary documentation, and includes 20 pages of tear-out forms such as formal request letters, an IEP journal, calendars, checklists, forms, and charts. The appendix section also contains 80 pages of text from key sections of IDEA, the IDEA Regulations, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Appendices also list general and legal print and electronic resources, organizations, parent training and information centers, and resources on specific disabilities. This fifth edition is updated in accordance with revisions to IDEA. Siegel, a special education attorney, is a member of the California Advisory Commission on Special Education. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

About the Author

Lawrence Siegel has been a Special Education Attorney and Advocate since 1979, and has represented children with disabilities extensively in IEPs, due process, complaints, legal action and before legislative and policy bodies. Mr. Siegel has lectured and consulted with advocacy and parent groups throughout the country and is a member of the California Advisory Commission on Special Education. He has written special education legislation that has been adopted in several states and is the author of Least Restrictive Environment: The Paradox of Inclusion (LRP Publications, 1994). Mr. Siegel is the founder and Director of the National Deaf Education Project which works to ensure that the fundamental communication needs of deaf and hard of hearing children are part of the educational system. In 2004-5 he was appointed to an endowed chair at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. for his work as an advocate special education.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to Special Education

What Is Special Education?

What Is an IEP?

Being Your Childs Advocate

Getting Help From Others

2. Your Childs Rights Under the IDEA

IDEA and State Special Education Laws

What IDEA Requires

Individualized Education Program

Working With Your School District

3. What Is a Learning Disability?

Legal Definitions

Scientific and Professional Definitions

Does Your Child Have a Learning?Disability?

Signs of a Learning Disability

Learning Disabilities and the IEP?Process

4. Getting Started

First Steps

Obtain Your Childs School?Records

Start an IEP Binder

Keep Track of Deadlines

5. Developing Your Childs IEP Blueprint

Begin at the End: Define?Your?Childs Needs

Preparing an IEP Blueprint

Other Sources of Information for the Blueprint

Whats Next?

6. Evaluations

When Evaluations Are Done

The Evaluation Plan

Analyzing the Tests

Approving, Rejecting, or Changing the Evaluation Plan

Reviewing the Report


Final Evaluations

7. Eligibility

Eligibility Requirements: Generally

Eligibility Standards for Children With Learning Disabilities

Preparing for the IEP Eligibility?Meeting

Attending the Eligibility Meeting

Joint IEP Eligibility/Program Meeting

If Your Child Is Not Found Eligible for Special Education

8. Gathering Information and Evidence

Analyze the School Districts?Information

Chart Your Childs?Progress

Explore Available School?Programs

Find Out About Related Services

Compare Your Blueprint With?the Existing Program and?Services

Generate Additional Supporting?Information

Independent Evaluations

9. Goals

Skill Areas Covered by Goals

Developing Goals

When to Draft Goals

Writing Effective Goals

10. Preparing for the IEP Meeting

Schedule the IEP Meeting

The IEP Meeting?Agenda

Organize Your Materials

Draft Your Childs IEP Program

Establish Who Will Attend the IEP?Meeting

Final Preparation

11. The IEP Meeting

Getting Started

Simple Rules for a Successful IEP?Meeting

Become Familiar With Your Schools IEP Form

Writing the IEP Plan

Sign the IEP Document

Parent Addendum Page

12. Resolving IEP Disputes Through Due Process

Before Due Process: Informal?Negotiations

Typical Due Process Disputes

When to Pursue Due Process

Who Can File?

Your Childs Status During Due?Process

Using a Lawyer During Due?Process

How to Begin Due Process

Prepare for Due Process

Mediation Specifics

Due Process Hearing

Hearing Decision and Appeals

13. Filing a Complaint

When to File a Complaint

Where to File a Complaint

What to Include in a Complaint

What Happens When You File a?Complaint

14. Lawyers and Legal Research

How a Lawyer Can Help

Do You Need a Lawyer?

Finding an Attorney

How Attorneys Are Paid

Resolving Problems With a?Lawyer

Doing Your Own Legal Research

Online Legal Research

15. Parent Organizations

Join a Parent Organization

Form a Parent Organization


A. Special Education Law and Regulations

Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (Key Sections)

IDEA Regulations (Key Sections)

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Key Regulations)

B. Support Groups, Advocacy Organizations, and Other Resouces

General Resources on Special Education

Parent Training and Information (PTI) Centers

Legal Resources on Special Education

Resources Concerning Specific Disabilities

C. The Severe Discrepancy Model

D. Sample IEP Form

E. Tear-Out Forms

Request for Information on Special Education

Request to Begin Special Education Process and Evaluation

Request for Childs School File

Request to Amend Childs School File

Special Education Contacts

IEP Journal

Monthly IEP Calendar

IEP Blueprint

Letter Requesting Evaluation Report

Request for Joint IEP Eligibility/Program Meeting

Progress Chart

Program Visitation Request Letter

Class Visitation Checklist

Goals Chart

IEP Material Organizer Form

IEP Meeting Participants

IEP Meeting Attendance Objection Letter

IEP Preparation Checklist

Letter Confirming Informal Negotiation Results

Letter Requesting Due Process


Product Details

Siegel, Lawrence
Siegel, Lawrence M.
Special Education - General
Learning disabilities
Law-Legal Guides and Reference
Special / General
Edition Description:
Fifth Edition
Publication Date:
10.86 x 8.42 x 0.91 in 2.2 lb

Related Subjects

Education » Learning Disabilities
Health and Self-Help » Child Care and Parenting » Learning
Health and Self-Help » Child Care and Parenting » Special Needs
Health and Self-Help » Self-Help » General
History and Social Science » Law » Legal Guides and Reference

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