Parent Training & Information Centers

Map of California Parent Center

Service Areas

GENERAL RESOURCES

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. 18 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). 

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

COVID-19 RESOURCES

Other Parent & Child  Rights Organizations

 

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ATTORNEYS AND OTHER ADVOCATES

California Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) list of advocates and attorneys from September 2019 (refer to the OAH website to check for more current lists).

COPAA Directory of Attorneys/Advocates

COPAA: Guidelines for choosing an advocate

CADRE: Educational Advocates - A Guide for Parents

Important 2017 Supreme Court Decision

Endrew F. v Douglas County School District is a 2017 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court about special education.

 

Questions and Answers (Q&A) on the 2017 U. S. Supreme Court Case Decision Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District Re-1

Here is a free Advocacy Toolkit from Understood.org (geared towards students with attention and learning differences):

Endrew F. Worksheet for Improving Your Child's IEP

Endrew F. Talking Points to Advocate for Your Child

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