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Book Review – Negotiating the Special Education Maze: A Guide for Parents and Teachers … Paperback
The book "Negotiating the Special Education Maze" is a valuable book for teachers, educators and parents in the present times when disability rights and inclusive education are being discussed across the world. The quality of education is being seen in terms of inclusion and equity. Inclusion in education demands that the differently abled children are needed to be educated with general education children in the same classroom.

The book Authored by Winifred Anderson, Stephen Chitwood and Deidre Hayden, who are active in the field of special education and the law, can be helpful for implementation differentiated learning by creating jointly an effective education program for their child by the parents, teachers, pedagogues and education therapist. The graphics and formats in the book are relevant to understand the modalities of including and accommodating children with special needs.

The book published by Woodbine House in paperback, explains in reasonable detail every step from eligibility and assessment to the Individualised Education Program (IEP) and suggestions for implementation of the IEP. The book emphasises the centrality of parents and care-givers in deciding about IEP and understanding their role for support to the child with special needs at home.

The changes in the American disability laws have been discussed which are also relevant in the Indian situation wherein the number of disabilities have also been raised from seven to 21 for various social and educational benefits. The book is also equally good for the parents since it helps them negotiate for the child rights and their needs-based education.

The book provides useful information for the IEP development process and clarifies parents' role as partners in the education of their children with special needs and participate effectively in parents-and-teachers meetings. It provides a clear explanation of the steps to become eligible for special education services, developing an Individualised Education Plan, and making sure that services are received.

Since children do not have much say about their education, this book provides parents the required information about child rights and demand services for their children's future.

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