The book is designed to accompany an introductory level general special education course: The Dynamic Role of the Special Educator.
Many of the chapters in this book have been adapted from the The Parent Information and Resources comprehensive web pages.
This Parent Information and Resources website was produced under U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs No. H328R180005. The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the positions or policies of the Department of Education. No official endorsement by the U.S. Department of Education of any product, commodity, service or enterprise mentioned on this website is intended or should be inferred. This product is public domain. Authorization to reproduce it in whole or in part is granted. While permission to reprint material from this website is not necessary, the citation should be: Center for Parent Information and Resources (retrieval date). Title of the document, Newark, NJ, Author.
In the original text the words “you” were used to speak directly to parents. The details of the material throughout the website and now this book, are relevant to most education professionals who are working with children with disabilities and their families. The text has been modified to focus on the role of the special educator. Additional text may be added throughout the eBook, by the author and collaborating educators, to clarify and expand on the content and tie it to course topics and assignments.
As you read through this eBook you will see many references to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act “IDEA”. In the U.S. the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a special education law that mandates regulation for students with disabilities in order to protect their rights as students and the rights of their parents. Sections of the law are coded and searchable.
Paula Lombardi, M.Ed.