Special Education Books:

    There is nothing more important than your child's education. Special education is not a place but a way of delivering an education program that meets the individual needs of disabled children. Special education allows children between the ages of 3 and 21 with disabilities to be educated in the public school system. Children will receive supports and modifications to access the curriculum. Parents need to understand a child's basic rights under the IDEA. Children with autism are entitled to receive a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) in the least restrictive environment (LRE). How easy is it to achieve these basic rights? It varies case by case. Parent experience with the special education process is as broad as the autism spectrum itself. Some parents have a very smooth process while others have a chronic dispute with the school district over every little detail. Regardless of your circumstances, parents must advocate for their child's right to a FAPE education. The book listings below have been divided into two categories of the special education process: Advocacy and Inclusion.

    IEP and Inclusion Tips for Parents and Teachers Handout Version

    by Anne I. Eason, Kathleen Whitbread

    by Anne I. Eason, Kathleen Whitbread
    78 pages. Description: Promotes inclusion success for students, teachers and parents. Features 127 tips focusing on IEP and inclusion processes. Includes chapters on: Getting prepared for IEP meetings, creating legally correct and educationally sound IEPs, ensuring access to the general curriculum, tracking IEP progress and forming effective family/school partnerships. The handout is an inexpensive version and is ready to give to those who benefit - parents and teachers.

    IEP and Inclusion Tips for Parents and Teachers Handout Version

    Recommended Readings


    Parent advocacy is essential to the well being of a child with autism. The National Center on Secondary Education and Transition reports that special education students are twice as likely to drop out as regular education students. While these books give an overview of the legal regulations from the IDEA, they are intended for use by parents in an easy to read format. They focus on strategies of what to expect for a parent new to the IEP process all the way through to ongoing maintenance of an IEP.

    A Parent’s Guide to Special Education
    by Linda Wilmshurts, Ph.D. ABPP and Alan W. Brue, Ph.D., NCSP


    This model allows students with disabilities to be educated in the classroom with non-disabled students. From full inclusion to partial mainstreaming, these book selections are recommended because they illustrate the best practices for teachers to utilize to educate children in their classrooms. It is important for parents to understand the types of teaching methods that are available so they can have meaningful parent participation at informal and IEP team meetings.