Resources & Information

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

Resources for Parents in Spanish

D.C. Organizations

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.