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Create an IEP with this start-to-finish guide for caring parentsYour special needs child needs a special education, and as a parent, you face a number of obstacles as you work with your school district to develop an Individual Education Plan IEP. Lots of steps, complicated paperwork, and intimidating procedures may seem like too much to take on... ...but you can do it! Let The Complete IEP Guide guide you through this complex process with vital information, strategies, and the encouragement you need to secure your childs education. Get everything you need to - understand your childs rights- untangle eligibility rules and assessments- collect all school records- draft goals and objectives- pinpoint specific problems- develop a blueprint of program and services- research school programs and alternatives- prepare for IEP meetings- resolve disputes with your school district Whether youre new to the IEP process or entering it once again, this user-friendly, plain English guide is your outline for an effective educational experience for your child.

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Lawrence M. Siegel

Lawrence Siegel has been a Special Education Attorney and Advocate since 1979, and has represented children with disabilities extensively in IEPs, due process, complaints, legal action and before legislative and policy bodies. Mr. Siegel has lectured and consulted with advocacy and parent groups throughout the country and is a member of the California Advisory Commission on Special Education. He has written special education legislation that has been adopted in several states and is the author of Least Restrictive Environment: The Paradox of Inclusion (LRP Publications, 1994) . Mr. Siegel is the founder and Director of the National Deaf Education Project which works to ensure that the fundamental communication needs of deaf and hard of hearing children are part of the educational system. In 2004-5 he was appointed to an endowed chair at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. for his work as an advocate special education. He lives in Fairfax, California, with his wife Gail and two daughters, Catie and Elisabeth.

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