When The Boy began going to public school for preschool, I began to feel like his needs were not being met, and that the placements they were recommending for him for the following year were inadequate (more on that in another post, soon!). I knew that IEPs had some power, and that they have the force of federal law behind them (IDEA 2004), but beyond that, I didn’t really know much. So I did what any reasonable person would do – I went to the library to do research. I came across a book written by Pete and Pam Wright (if it wasn’t this one, it was very similar). It was incredibly comprehensive, well-written, and answered my questions. I felt empowered, and ready to fight (if necessary) for The Boy and his education.
It turned out that we moved districts, and I didn’t have to fight, but the information (and the importance of being informed) stayed with me, and I continue to find the Wrights (and their website) an invaluable reference.
If you live in the US, and have a child with special needs, this site should be on the top of your bookmark list. If you’ve never visited, go check it out now, or find them on facebook. You’ll be glad you did.