If you have a child who needs special education accommodations in school, it’s helpful for you to stay on top of what’s happening in the world of special education, both locally and around the country. More often than not, the issues that surround this topic will be of the legal variety, so you’ll need find ways to keep track of legal cases and happenings that might pertain to you and your child.
Since the world of special education is a highly politicized and sometimes controversial topic, you need to educate yourself about the rule of law and how the topic is shifting and being shaped in our culture and political climate.
As a parent, you might have already found yourself at odds with your local school district over the rights of your child. If that hasn’t happened already, it could very well happen in the future. When that time comes, you’ll want to be prepared and informed about the issues of special education in general.
To keep track of both national and local news related to this topic, here are a few strategies:
1. Blogs and Newsletters that pertain to special education and the law
There are a surprisingly high number of blogs online about this topic, most of which are geared to teachers, but some for parents as well. Even the information on the teacher’s blogs can be helpful to parents.
It’s just a good way to stay current and up to date on the world of special education, as the information included will be relevant to anyone interested in the topic.
Here’s a list of 50 different special education blogs that are designed for teachers, but can be helpful to parents as well.
2. Join local advocacy groups
Depending on where you live, you might find some local advocacy groups that you can join as a parent of a special needs child. Often times these can be associated with religious organizations, so check with some local churches to see if there’s a group that you could be a part of.
3. Talk to teachers
Since they’re the ones working directly with your children, they could be a great resource in finding out what you need to know and what’s happening in the world of special education. While they might not be able to answer every question, they can certainly point you in the right direction or provide you with the right materials.
4. Talk to a special education lawyer
In the event that you have some serious or pressing questions about you and your child’s rights, a special education lawyer is the most qualified person you could speak to. A lot of attorneys will often offer consultations to help you assess your situation, and whether you or not you have a case on your hands.
However you choose to do it, just make sure that you consistently stay informed. There are plenty of resources out there for you to choose from, so pick the one that works best for you and use it for as long as your child is in school.