Learn to advocate for your child

A Guide to Special Education Advocacy: What Parents, Clinicians and Advocates Need to Know  Matthew Cohen ($16.47, amazon.com)

This book provides information about the special education and disability rights laws in the United States that govern services to children with disabilities. It also describes some of the real-world issues that have an impact on how these laws are implemented.

In spite of the tough topics covered by Cohen, this is an easy-to-read book that includes pull-out boxes of specific advocacy strategies for many different situations, from requesting specific evaluations to mediation strategies with the school district.

Cohen, who is a partner in a Chicago law firm, has more than 25 years experience working with children with special needs and their families. He has used that experience to create a guide for parents to help their child receive the best education possible, no matter what their specific disability may be.

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