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A Parent's Guide to Special Ed / Special Needs

Copyright 1997

These materials are designed to provided accurate and authoritative formation in regard to the subject matter covered. While the materials contain information on legal rights and diagnostic criteria, these materials are not intended as and do not constitute legal, clinical or other professional advice.

Portions of this guide have been derived from the following excellent writings and seminar materials:

  • A Surrogate Parent's Guide to Special Education Rights
    (Faye Manaster Eldar, Family Resource Center on Disabilities)
  • Serving Children with Disabilities: A Procedural Manual
    (Chicago Board of Education, Department of Special Education and Pupil Support Services)

Written materials developed by James L. Kaplan of Kaplan & Sorosky for the Chicago Bar Association's seminar on Current Issues in Special Education Law

I am deeply grateful to the members of Friends of Special Education who spent months reviewing and helping me refine drafts of these materials. It was a pleasure to work with such committed professionals in developing this guide. I could not have done it without them.

Matthew Cohen, Monahan & Cohen
225 W. Washington St., Suite 2300, Chicago, IL 60606
(312) 419-0252

Charlotte des Jardins, Family Resource Center on Disabilities
20 E. Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL 60604
(312) 939-3513

Nancy Hablutzel, Juvenile Court, Hearing Officer Division
2245 W. Ogden Ave., Chicago, IL 60612
(312) 433-7826

Josephine Holzer, Council for Disability Rights
205 W Randolph, Suite 1650, Chicago, IL 60606
(312) 444-9484

Lannie LeGear, Clinical Pyschologist
5439 N. Magnolia Ave., Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 334-6595

Larry Parham, Martha Tonn and Wallace Winter, Legal Assistance Foundation
111 W Jackson, 3rd floor, Chicago, IL 60604
(312) 341-1070

—Maiya Lueptow , Advocacy Services - Jewish Federation, 1 S. Franklin St., 3rd Floor, Chicago, IL 60606 (312) 357-4612

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