Review of The Everyday Guide to Special Education Law in the US Review of Books

 
The Everyday Guide to Special Education Law
Second Edition

by Randy Chapman, Esq. The Legal Center for People with
Disabilities and Older People

reviewed by Judee L. Spargur

“I wrote this book primarily to help students, parents, advocates, and other professionals better understand the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA). The book is meant to be an everyday guide to special education law to help parents, advocates, students with disabilities and educators to understand the basic requirements of the IDEA.”

Parents, teachers, and other professionals who work with children with disabilities will greatly appreciate this helpful resource. It isn’t easy to find a book that helps you navigate special education law. A wide range of topics are covered, including how to understand a free and appropriate public education, identify the least restrictive environment, evaluate the needs of students with disabilities and their individualized education programs, and resolve disputes under IDEA (the Individuals with Disability Education Act). Also covered is the difficult subject of discipline and disability, children in private schools, section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and The Americans with Disabilities Act. Another informative section is “Back to The Beginning: Part C Early Intervention Services.” Overall, this book is rich in information about “Special Education Law” delivered in a well-written narrative.

Since 1980, attorney Randy Chapman has had a passion for his work as Director of Legal Services in Colorado, working toward the development of disability law and implementing special education law and, thus, significantly improving the quality of life for the physically challenged. In this essential guide, Chapman makes the pages come alive with his knowledge and research, and his work is not finished: “While the Education for All Handicapped Children Act may not have fulfilled all our dreams, for most it ended the nightmare of days without school. While the IDEA may not have answered all our prayers, it delivered on many of its promises.”

The Everyday Guide and Preventing Litigation in Special Education Workbook Judged Finalists at Autism Conference

     I am proud to announce that my book The Everyday Guide to Special Education Law and the Preventing Litigation in Special Education Workbook, by Dr. Jacque Phillips and myself, were both judged as finalists in the book competition at the 2011  Reliability Gives Voice to Autism Conference in Rosemont, Illinois. Additionally, The Everyday Guide was declared a winner in the legal book category at the 2011 Greenbook Festival in San Francisco.

     The Legal Center publishes these books to provide legal information about special education law that is in clear everyday language for parents and educators.  Additionally, since the Legal Center is a private non-profit agency, the sales of our books help support our work, including my writing this blog. Our books are not written in legalese or academic educator speak and provide accurate information in a friendly easy-to-read format.

     We believe if parents, teachers, and students understand the special education process, legal disputes may be avoided or more quickly resolved. Less time in conflict means more time working together for kids. The Everyday Guide provides clear information about obtaining a free appropriate public education, the evaluation process, IEPs, extended school year, discipline, dispute resolution, least restrictive environment, private schools, early childhood services, and section 504. The Preventing Litigation in Special Education Workbook supplements The Everyday Guide by providing legal information about actual cases in a story telling format. Parents and teachers are asked to use the Workbook to predict the likely outcome of the dispute so that parents and school districts can avoid unnecessary legal entanglments in special education.

     The Everyday Guide sells for $24.95 and the Workbook is only $19.95. The two books can be purchased together for $35.00. The books are also available in e book format for only $9.95. For more information or to order these award-winning books and help support our work, please visit our website or call 800-288-1376.

New Preventing Litigation in Special Education WORKBOOK available

 Readers, many of you may be familiar with my book The Everyday Guide to Special Education Law.  I’m proud to announce that a new book is now available to assist parents and educators in understanding special education law.

Preventing Litigation in Special Education WORKBOOK is a supplement to the award-winning book, The Everyday Guide to Special Education Law. This WORKBOOK combines practical information on special education law with actual case examples that are presented in a concise story format.

The authors of the WORKBOOK are Dr. Jacque Phillips, an experienced special education teacher and recently licensed attorney and myself. I am the author of The Everyday Guide to Special Education Law and I have more than thirty-three years experience in special education and disability law. Jacque and I have joined forces to develop a WORKBOOK to help parents and teachers predict the likely outcome of case examples so that parents and school districts can avoid unnecessary legal entanglements in special education. 

The WORKBOOK gives readers understandable tools to help overcome disagreements and keep the focus on the student’s success in school. 

The Preventing Litigation in Special Education WORKBOOK can be purchased for $19.95. The Everyday Guide to Special Education Law is available for $24.95, BUT both books can be purchased together for only $35.00. Preventing Litigation in Special Education Workbook is NOW available. To order please go to The Legal Center’s Publications Division or call at 1-800-288-1376.  

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