BASIC TIPS FOR PARENTS

  • Make all requests to the school in writing, not just verbally

  • Provide important information about your student to the school in writing, not just verbally

  • Consent to school assessment/evaluation plans (testing) right away in most cases

TOP RESOURCES FOR PARENTS:

  1. Special Education Rights and Responsibilities, free online book by Disability Rights CA and CASE

  2. From Emotions to Advocacy, book by Wrightslaw

  3. 17 Tips for Getting Quality Special Education Services for Your Child, by Disability Rights CA

  4. Parent Training and Information Center classes, resources and materials

  5. Wrightslaw website

  6. Information packets and help sheets by Matrix Parents

  7. Sample letters, by Disability Rights CA and CASE

These books and resources will help you to avoid mistakes and delays helping your child. 

If you cannot afford item 2, go to your Parent Training and Information Center to read it. 

Take the free classes that parent centers offer.

Read your parent rights (called Procedural Safeguards in California). 

Parent Training & Information Centers

Map of California Parent Center

Service Areas

Other Parent & Child  Rights Organizations

 

California

Concerned

Parents

ATTORNEYS AND OTHER ADVOCATES

List of advocates and attorneys at the OAH website 

COPAA Directory of Attorneys/Advocates

COPAA: Guidelines for choosing an advocate

CADRE: Educational Advocates - A Guide for Parents

Important 2017 Supreme Court Decision