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We have a unique review written by Ethan Hirschberg to share with you. Ethan is a high school student with autism who is on an IEP. We met him earlier this year at a conference where he gave an inspiring presentation about his own experience living with his disability. His insights into our book come, not from the parent perspective, but from the student perspective. He writes “I now have a better understanding of some of the major issues that special education teams struggle with, and I feel that I am now a bit more prepared to successfully and peacefully deal with them should they arise.” We invite you to read the entire review on his website, The Journey Through Autism.

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Parents Have the Power to Make Special Education Work is the comprehensive guide for parents navigating the American school system for their special needs child. It covers everything from IDEA, FAPE, and IEPs and runs through chronologically from diagnosis to transitioning out of high school. Judith and Carson Graves leave no stone unturned covering everything a parent would encounter in the education system. Knowledge is power meaning that as a parent of a son or daughter with special needs this is one of the most powerful books on your bookshelf. Public education is terrifying for most parents as the promises of IDEA 2004 often are incompatible with things like the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). Graves and Graves will make sure that no parent is left behind. Pick up and share this phenomenal resource today!


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Some of the most respected experts in the field have endorsed our book.

This book is a “must own” for any parent of a child in need of special education services. With concise descriptions of special education laws and the services that public schools are mandated to provide to students who learn differently, parents can feel armed with the information they need to get the services their child needs. Picking up this book should be the first step for any parent who is either beginning, or is already struggling with the special education process.
—Edward Hallowell, M.D. writer and founder of The Hallowell Center

“The book you hold in your hand offers a lucid and pragmatic guide… through the maze of public and private procedures that parents must navigate to secure the services that their children with disabilities need… Read this book and keep it handy for frequent reference! And may you, with its help, fight your way to a fantastic program for your child!”
—from the foreword by Robert K. Crabtree, Esq., Kotin, Crabtree & Strong, LLP, Boston

Parents Have the Power to Make Special Education Work is like having a trusted, knowledgeable friend to guide you along each step of your journey through special education. It will help you understand the laws and resolve the hidden issues that are unique to special education and school culture. Kudos to Judith and Carson Graves for writing this superb book!”
—Pam and Pete Wright, authors of From Emotions to Advocacy, and nationally recognized experts in the field of special education law

Parents Have the Power to Make Special Education Work is a must-read for families of children who receive special education services. The authors have carefully woven their personal experiences with a precise understanding of the law. They provide insight and helpful tips about how the process plays out in a school environment. Parents and professionals can learn from their successes and the pitfalls that may occur. I heartily recommend this volume— sooner rather than later!”
—Richard J. Robison, Executive Director, Federation for Children with Special Needs, Boston, MA

“Based on their own experiences, Judith Canty Graves and Carson Graves demonstrate that parents have the power to ensure that their children with special needs get the quality education they need, and by right must receive.  With clear tips and action steps, this hopeful and inspiring book is a must-read for any parent navigating the special education maze.”
—Nan Aron, Founder and President of Alliance for Justice

“The language of social communication is a challenge for many learners with special needs. The authors have that language to walk other parents and professionals through the maze of designing the right services for their child. This book is a gold mine of practical information.”
—Elsa Abele CCC SLP, Speech Language Pathologist, Retired Clinical Faculty at Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Boston University, Massachusetts and Adjunct Faculty in The Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders Training, Antioch University, New England

“At last, a clear, concise, and no-nonsense guide for parents navigating the special education system on behalf on their child with a disability of any kind.  This book will be referred to time and again by parents seeking a partnership with educators to foster the best possible outcome for their child. Bravo!”
—Eileen M. Costello, MD, Pediatrician, Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and co-author, Quirky Kids: Understanding and Helping Your Child Who Doesn’t Fit In-When to Worry and When Not to Worry.