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A diagnosis of a disability is not what most parents expect. Read our blog article: After the Diagnosis, Then What? for our suggestions on what you can do next. (10/19/16)

Increase your knowledge of special education and network with other parents by starting a special education book club! Read our suggestions on how you can  do this in our latest blog article: A New Kind of Book Club. (9/19/16)

The Early Childhood Education Degrees website has endorsed Parents Have the Power to Make Special Education Work as one of the 50 Best Books on Special Education, writing: “…this is one of the most powerful books on your bookshelf.” You can find out more about this worthwhile group and read their full review by clicking on the links above. (7/26/16)

Parents often misunderstand their right as “equal participants” in Team meetings. In fact, the law only says that the school must “consider” and not “accept” a parent’s input. Learn what the law actually says, and what you can do to improve your ability to get the school to accept your suggestions in our latest post, Parents as Equal Participants in Team Meetings. (7/19/16)

A new book, NLD From the Inside Out, by Michael Brian Murphy, has just been published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers. We were fortunate to see an advance copy and found it to be an invaluable resource for teens and adults diagnosed with Nonverbal Learning Disability as well as their families, therapists, and teachers. Read our interview with the author to learn more about this unique and remarkable book. (6/20/16)

IEPs must contain objective assessments of a student’s current abilities before it can be an effective educational roadmap. Read about the importance of the current levels of academic and functional performance in your child’s IEP in our article on Levels of Performance and Your Child’s IEP. (5/8/16)

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Parents do have the power to make special education work for their children. We spent 15 years working to obtain an appropriate education for our son, and we came through it with the goal of empowering other parents by sharing the knowledge we gained through our experience so that they don’t have to make the mistakes we made.

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Exceptional Parent Magazine is featuring our article, “8 Special Education Evaluation Essentials,” on the cover of their annual “Back to School” issue for September. We are very excited by this honor and hope that the information in our article will benefit the many parents who read it. If you are not a subscriber to this excellent publication, you can sign up for a free preview at this link. (9/02/15)EP Logo

Jessica Kingsley PublishersTo purchase our book, go to the Jessica Kingsley website. 7% of the proceeds from purchases made through this link go to the Federation for Children with Special Needs.

For a listing of resources that we have found especially useful, take a look at our Special Education Resources page.

Judith Canty Graves and Carson Graves