Special Education – 3 Areas of Knowledge That Parents Must Understand to Help Their Child

Would you like to learn about 3 important areas where you need knowledge, to effectively advocate for your child? Would you like resources to find more information on these areas? If you are the parent of a child with a disability, you need to have information in three different areas to help your child receive an appropriate education. This article will discuss these three areas, as well as give you easy to use resources.Area 1: You must know the educational laws that will help your child receive an appropriate education. The laws are: The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), which is the federal law governing education for children with a disability, states law that must comply with the federal law, and No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB),Area 2: You must learn advocacy skills to help you learn how to advocate effectively for your child. An organization that gives lots of helpful information is the National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities (NICHCY); they can be found at http://www.nichcy.org.Area 3: You must have knowledge about case law in special education that affects your child. For Example: if you child has behavioral issues, you should learn what rulings have already been made in this area. Case law means due process rulings, court rulings from State and Federal court, and Supreme Court cases. A wonderful organization that you should join is the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA). There is a small membership fee, but it is worth it. COPAA can be found at http://www.copaa.org. COPAA has a membership area where you can find Case law, in the area that you are interested in.By learning these three areas, you will well be on your way to being an effective advocate for your child. It will take you time to learn about these three areas, but it will be worth it! Remember: Your child’s life is at stake!