If you are the parent of a child with a disability or you have a niece, nephew, or grandchild with a disability, Wrightslaw: Special Education Law is required reading for you.
If you have a friend or neighbor whose child has a disability, Wrightslaw: Special Education Law should be required reading for the child’s parent.
More than five million children with disabilities receive special education services.
Unfortunately, few parents understand their children’s rights or their parental rights and responsibilities. Ignorance of the law is often as handicapping as the child's disability.
Wrightslaw: Special Education Law: 386 pages; 8.5" x 11;" extensive index; special "lay-flat" binding.
Wrightslaw: Special Education Law is an essential tool for anyone who wants to advocate for a child with a disability. With this book, parents, educators, attorneys, and advocates can find the answers to questions about the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.
Wrightslaw: Special Education Law makes an excellent gift for any parent of a child with a disability.
Using an Adobe Acrobat "PDF" format, we have posted the Table of Contents, first four chapters of the book, and the Index. The initial four chapters are relatively short, compared to the rest of the 386 page book.
Chapters One through Four consist of the Introduction, an Overview of Law, a Short History of Special Education Law, and an Overview of IDEA.
Chapters Five and Six, which
were not uploaded, consist of the full text of IDEA with commentary and
explanation by Pete Wright. Chapter 6 is the full text of the March, 1999
regulations. The links to six pdf files are below:
Wrightslaw: Special Education Law is the first in a series of special education law and advocacy books and manuals relating to the needs of children with disabilities. Several reviewers have strongly recommended this book for use in college classes about special education law.
About the Authors: Pete Wright, an attorney with a disability, has represented children with disabilities and their parents for more than 20 years. Pete argued and won a landmark special education case before the U. S. Supreme Court. Pam Wright, a psychotherapist, has written dozens of articles about special education advocacy.
Pete and Pam developed Wrightslaw,
the special education advocacy site for parents, attorneys, advocates,
and educators. They also publish The Special Ed Advocate, the free
online newsletter about special education legal issues, cases, tactics
and strategy, effective educational methods, and Internet links.
What People Are Saying about Wrightslaw: Special Education Law
Wrightslaw: Special Education
Law is a remarkable tool for all of us who work with children with
learning disabilities and who try to understand the complex and evolving
applications of the laws.
A most valuable tool for every parent and advocate: actual texts of the law and regulations with Pete's succinct and insightful observations and guidance! - S. James Rosenfeld, Esq., EdLaw Center
The authors have accomplished an unusual feat - a book that is equally useful to the experienced special education lawyer or advocate and the inexperienced parent. The essence of the law is experience, not reason. No one has more experience than the Wrights. - William M. Laviano, Esq.
Extremely well done, balanced and useful. I highly recommend that parents read the Individuals with Disabilities Act with your "section overviews." It is like taking a mini-course on the law at one’s own pace. Thank you for the opportunity to review Wrightslaw: Special Education Law. It is an important contribution to understanding special education law and how to use it more effectively. - William F. Byrne, Esq.
The new regulations for IDEA
1997 presented educators in special and regular education with another
challenge: trying to interpret what these regulations mean. This has not
been easy - until now.
The concise, clear descriptions of what the law means will be of value to every interested individual, from parents to university professors. - Douglas Carnine, Ph.D., National Center to Improve the Tools of Educators
Excellent document, excellent guide. Well organized. The part I found to be most important is your treatment of the necessity for using researched-based methods. I believe this is critical. Regular and special educators need to equate the terms "appropriate" and "research-based" - they should not be mutually exclusive. Nice job. - Bill Matthew, Ph.D., Director of Special Education, Delano, CA
Wrightslaw: Special Education Law is written and organized in a way that provides lay persons and professionals with the information and understanding needed to effectively advocate for students with disabilities. - Rebecca Felton, Ph.D., Educational Consultant
I found Wrightslaw: Special Education Law to be like Peter Wright - straightforward and direct in style but infused with the empathy and passion that Pete and Pam Wright have for children and youth with disabilities, their educational welfare, and their rights under special education law. - Jamie Ruppman, educational advocate and mother of two sons with disabilities.
How can I begin to tell you
how excited I was when I read Wrightslaw: Special Education Law?
All I could think was, "What I would have given for such a wonderful resource
when I was prepring for IEP meetings for my sons!"
It’s all here! The laws, regulations, cases - and Pete’s comments on legal interpretations of special education law are now in one book. This comprehensive book takes the guesswork out of finding answers to the most common questions that plague parents and advocates. I will include Wrightslaw: Special Education Law on the "must purchase" list that I provide to parents and other advocates with whom consult. - Patricia Howey, Special Education Consultant and Advocate
Parents have long needed
a comprehensive look at the special education and civil rights laws which
affect their lives and the lives of their children so directly and dramatically.
Your concise, practical commentaries on specific sections of the law and
regulations should help parents see where they have been and where they
should be going with regard to their children’s education. As an attorney
and advocate, I found it helpful in reducing the cacaphony about IDEA into
a useful framework. Thanks, Pete! - Joanne Simon, Esq.
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