SPED Parent Basic Toolkit

"I strongly believe that behind the success of every disabled child is a passionately committed,
intensely engaged, and totally empowered parent, usually but not always the child's mother."
This quote is from the book, "Overcoming Dyslexia", by Sally Shaywitz, M.D., Knopf, 2003, page 9.
Diana Rigby, Our Administrator of Student Support Services, read this quote to our PAC, at her welcome meeting, on Sept. 10, 2003.

You need to educate your self in two areas:

1.  The first area is to learn about your child's disability:

There are several pages on our website that you might find helpful.  Our book page, has books listed by disability, our disabilities links page has other sites you can visit and last we highly recommend that you join one or two of the disability organization that matches your child's disability.

2.  The second area is to gather information about special education laws.

Get a hard copy of the state regulation (766), and Federal law (IDEA).   You can find these at both Concord libraries or view/print it on-line.  Order your own copies of the regulations (see our law page).

There are several advocacy books our members have recommend, visit our book page.

The first two  Federation for Children with Special Needs, workshops that you want to attend:

  1. 'Understanding your Special Education Basic Right Workshop' (Know as Basic Rights),

   2. IEP Workshop,

   view the workshops scheduled all around Massachusetts, click here.

                    Get a Parent Guide Cover to Manualcopy of the 'A Parent's Guide to Special Education Manual'  by Federation for Children and Department of Education (DOE), 12/10/01.

  2. You can obtain a copy by attending the Federation 'Basic Right Workshop' or by calling the DOE 781-338-6203 or view/print it on-line at Federation website, by clicking here or the book cover shown here. 





One of our orginal webpages, created July, 2001, by Melody Orfei
Webpage last modified on October 27, 2017, - V13, by Melody Orfei