I’m beginning this list with a few resources, but hope that readers will contribute a lot more.
You can see all my parent-engagement related “The Best…” lists here.
Here is a very beginning list of The Best Resources To Help Engage Parents Of Children With Special Needs:
The LD Navigator is an online tool designed to help health care professionals talk to parents about learning disabilities. However, it also seems to me that it could be very helpful directly to parents and to teachers who want to learn more about them. You can read more about it at Ed Week.
“What You Should Know About IEP Plans For Special Needs Students” is a useful post.
Four Important Signs That Your Child’s IEP Is Workingshares some suggestions to parents from The National Center For Learning Disabilities. It also includes ideas what to do it you feel it isn’t working.
New law aids parents of special needs children in dealing with school districts is an article in the Tampa Bay Times about a new state law in Florida, but it offers some perspectives helpful for parents (and teachers) of special needs children everywhere.
U.S. Department of Education Awards $14 Million to Special Education Parent Technical Assistance Centers is the headline of a US DOE press release.
Here’s an excerpt:
The U.S. Department of Education announced more than $14 million in five-year grants to operate eight special education parent technical assistance centers that work to assist families of children with disability. The eight centers set to receive funding include one Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR); six Regional Parent Technical Assistance Centers (RPTACs); and one Native American Parent Technical Assistance Center (NAPTAC).
The centers will use the funding to improve the information they provide parents on laws, policies, and evidence-based education practices affecting children with disabilities. The centers will also use the funding to explore how data can be used to inform instruction; how to interpret results from evaluations and assessments; and ways to effectively engage in school reform activities, including how to interpret and use the data that informs those activities.
“Parents will always be their children’s first and most important teachers, and can have tremendous impact on their kids’ readiness to learn at every stage of the education pipeline,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. “These grants will help special education parent technical assistance centers enhance the important services they provide to families across the country.”
I’m not familiar with these centers, and don’t know how useful or responsive they are to parent needs (I’d love to hear comments about them).
Special Education Toolkit: Resources is from the National PTA and it has a lot of…resources related to special education.
How to be an advocate for your (special needs) child by Jovan Miles could be a very useful post to share with parents.
Where to Turn When the School Wants to Have Your Child ‘Tested’ is a useful New York Times post by Jessica Lahey.
Please suggest more resources!