ne night while sleeping in my bed, I had a beautiful dream that all the people of the world got together on the same wavelength and began helping one another. Now in this dream universal love was the theme of the day: peace and understanding. And it happened this way. People of the world all had it together--had it together for the boys and the girls. And the children of the world looked forward to a future. Tick, tock, tick, tock, tick, tock, people! Time's tickin' away. Remember that tick, tock, tick, tock, tick, tock, people! Time's tickin' away....
--Jimmie & Stevie Ray Vaughn, "Tick Tock" from Family Style.
97 highlights the importance of parent particiaptions in the special education process. Communication is crucial to the successful working relationship between parents and schools. Sometimes communication breaks down during the special education process. I believe the working relationship between parents and schools could be improved if both parties followed certain rules of engagement:
Always treat parents with respect. They are the team members
with the most knowledge about the child in question. Listen to
their desires for their child's education and think about how to
program for the child with this in mind.
Remember this: The school must provide your child with a free
appropriate public education. They do not have to give you every
bell and whistle. To measure this the Rowley Standard applies. The
Supreme Court has held that, in reviewing whether a proposed
program is appropriate, the district court’s inquiry
generally should focus on two issues:
Board of Educ. v. Rowley, 458 U.S. 176, 206-07 (1982).
These links have more information.
Resources from ED's Office of Special Education Programs, including technical assistance and dissemination.
This is an
excellent site from the law offices of Herbert
Monheit, Philadelphia, PA.
'Rules of Thumb' for Parents by Robert K. Crabtree.
The family education network is
Exceptional Parent has
long been a source of information for parents and advocates.
Family Village School Inclusive has Special Education
The Children, Youth and
Family Consortium's Electronic Clearinghouse (CEC) is an
electronic bridge to information and resources on children, youth
The mission of The
Parent Institute is to encourage parent involvement in the
education of their children.
Exchange--Information is POWER!
Kidsource is the source
for in depth and timely education and healthcare information that
will make a difference in the lives of parents and their
International defines inclusion as the opportunity for persons
with a disability to participate fully in all of the educational,
employment, consumer, recreational, community, and domestic
activities that typify everyday society. Inclusion International is
a human rights organization with 169 member organizations in 105
Parent Training and
Information Centers and Community Groups in the United States
listing Parent Training and Information Centers (PTI's) and
Community Parent Resource Centers (CPRCs) in the United States.
Your Child covers the first eight years of your child's life.
It gives information that may answer some of your questions.
Education lists the whats and how tos of inclusive
The Circle of
Inclusion is for early childhood service providers and families
of young children. This web site offers demonstrations of and
information about the effective practices of inclusive educational
programs for children from birth through age eight.
The Inclusion Network has
news and provides help on inclusion.