Knowing your rights and advocating for your child
- Understood.org’s IEP Boot Camp may be helpful as you prepare for your child’s IEP meeting.
- Parents are often the best advocates for their children. Also from Understood.org – check out how to be an advocate.
- Writghtslaw is a site for information on special education law and advocacy for children with disabilities.
- The Disability Law Handbook available in Spanish and in English. This handbook is written in FAQ format, and answers questions about the ADA, the ADA Amendments Act, the Rehabilitation Act, Social Security, the Air Carrier Access Act, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act, and the Fair Housing Act Amendments.
- Benefits for children with disabilities – This booklet describes the kinds of Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and health benefits for a child with a disability. Also in Spanish: Beneficios para niños con incapacidades
Information about disabilities and special education
- The Center for Parent Information and Resources (formerly NICHY)’s New to Disabilities page is a good place to start if your child has recently been diagnosed.
- LD.org has a Parent Guide to Response to Intervention to help families understand this approach to meeting student needs.
- At the Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities you will find educational consultants, psychologists, diagnosticians, health care specialists, academic tutors, speech language therapists, advocates, and attorneys. You will also find government programs, grassroots organizations, special education schools, and parent support groups.
- The Learning Disabilities Association of America has resources to help parents understand the early signs of learning disabilities, assessments, and ways to help their children.
Articles and Tips for Parents
Tip sheets on disabilities – The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center has tip sheets for families and services providers on a variety of disability types.
- Did you know that ALL behavior is a form of communication? 5 facts about behavior that every parent should know
- Bipolar Disorder in Children and Teens: A Guide for Parents – This booklet from the National Institute on Mental Health is a guide for parents who think their child may have symptoms of bipolar disorder, or parents whose child has been diagnosed.
Your child with an IEP may not qualify for ESY, but a quality summer program is still important. Read this article on selecting a summer camp for kids with learning or attention problems from GreatSchools for tips on how to select a summer program for your child.
Secondary Transition (College and/or Career)
- Is your child ready for college? This list from accredited online colleges has information about online programs that may meet your child’s needs.
- Advocates for Justice in Education’s mission is to educate parents, youth, and the community about the laws governing public education, specifically for children with special needs.
Spotlight on Good Practice
- LAMB Public Charter School partnered with the DC Special Education Co-operative to produce this parent engagement manual for schools. It offers practical suggestions about how to build positive relationships with parents of students with special needs.