• The Complete IEP Guide wins a Bronze medal at the 2017 Foreword Review Awards The Complete IEP Guide wins a Bronze medal at the 2017 Foreword Review Awards

    The Complete IEP Guide wins a Bronze medal at the 2017 Foreword Review Awards

The Complete IEP Guide wins a Bronze medal at the 2017 Foreword Review Awards

Whether you’re a librarian, a bookseller, or just a general lover of books, you know that independent presses and authors are publishing some of the most innovative, creative, and beautiful books. To honor the very best of indie publishing each year, Foreword Reviews created the Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards! Thousands of books are entered each year, and their panel of over 120 librarians and booksellers take part in the judging, narrowing it down to a group of finalists and winners that represent the best books, all independently published, in over 60 categories. Congratulations to The Complete IEP Guide by Lawrence Siegel which has been selected for a 2017 Bronze medal. It can be intimidating to work with teachers, school administrators, and school districts to ensure that your child’s special educational needs are being met, especially if you don’t know much about special education law. This book will help guide you through your child’s IEP process by explaining your child’s rights and teaching you how to draft educational goals and objectives, research school programs and alternatives, prepare for IEP meetings, and resolve disputes with your school district. Buy it from Amazon or IndieBound.org
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Q&A with Special Ed Attorneys Patricia Black and Larry Siegel

Join Special Education attorneys Patricia Black and Larry Siegel for a presentation and discussion on Placements: What is Least Restricted Environment (LRE) and how is it applied? A regular classroom placement is preferred but not always LRE. How does the continuum of placement options fit into the picture? What are the Ins and Outs of Public vs NonPublic (NPS) vs Private Placements Learn about the How, When, and Why of Residential Placements October 11, 2017, 10:00 am – 12 pm  (Free)   Calendar – Event Registration

The U.S. Supreme Court Establishes a Stronger Standard

The issue that has bedeviled parents, students, school districts, and courts since the passage of the IDEA in 1975—what constitutes a sufficient “educational benefit” under the IDEA, or how much educational benefit does the district have to provide to meet its legal mandate to provide a child with a disability an “appropriate” education. The U.S. Supreme Court first addressed this issue in 1982 in the Rowley case.  Amy Rowley was in kindergarten, was doing well, but needed a sign language interpreter to access communication in the classroom.  Because she was doing well academically – not difficult at the kindergarten level, the Supreme Court ruled against her concluding that under the IDEA a school district need only  “open the door of public education to handicapped children”  rather than guarantee any particular level of education once inside.” When the IDEA was re-authorized in 2007, Congress appeared to expand the Rowley standard of educational benefit, noting that implementation of the IDEA was “impeded by low expectations” and that children with disabilities are entitled to “high expectations” and, “to the maximum extent possible,” to meet the challenging expectations that are established for all children.  Other, lower courts have either agreed with Rowley or expanded – educational benefit is measured against the child’s abilities. On March 22, 2017, in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District, the U.S. Supreme Court in an unanimous decision ruled that an autistic child who had moved from grade to grade but appeared to have made questionable, actual progress was entitled to an education that provided only de minimis progress. The key findings by the Supreme Court:  1) a child’s IEP/program must be “appropriately ambitious” and “calculated to allow a child to make progress appropriate in light […]