"I found JoAnn's first book to be a tool that made the world of advocacy for my children less intimidating. Ours was, and continues to be a long journey, particularly for one child. I found reading her book was similar to grabbing a hand-rail on a stair. It was very grounding with specific and accessible content. It was a critical primer that was written in a way that I found interesting. Some of the other texts would bore me to death, which was a BAD thing as I really needed to be clear on so much of this"
"I am an advocate and I will be using this book often. Everyone can benefit now from what she has learned in the many years the author has successfully advocated and helped families.
JoAnn Collins has done the hard research for you. This book is filled with straightforward information addressing a broad range of special education issues."
"I would recommend this book to any parent who is dealing with a deceitful and dishonest school district. Let's face it, there are no penalties for the people who work for the school district. No one ever gets fired or reprimanded. I wonder how they sleep at night. It is amazing that they can live with themselves, harming the most innocent and defenseless of our children. JoAnn Collins covers all of the angles you need to defend your child against the Special Education Dragons."
When my first book came out I heard from many parents saying that while they loved the book, they wish I had included a road map. They felt like they needed more guidance in using the information as they advocate for their child.
That is when I began to think about writing another book to include a road map. As I began to write my second book the term ""special education dragons" came to my mind! I have dealt with quite a few special education dragons in my special education journey and I have also met some wonderful special educators! Parents need to know how to recognize a special education dragon and how to overcome their fire!!
Slaying Special Education Dragons includes a ten step road map to help parents navigate the maze, overcome roadblocks, and slay dragons, as they advocate for their child.
The book is written in question format which is easier to read and understand!
It took me close to two years to write and self publish this book and I hope that parents are able to use the information to benefit their child.
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• Develop proficiency with federal and state disability and special education laws (IDEA 2004, Section 504, and FERPA) to level the playing field, and empower your successful navigation through the special education maze.
• Gain knowledge on proactive steps to take to get a comprehensive IEE or IEE at public expense for your child (that will hold up in a due process hearing); to determine your child’s disabilities and needed special education and related services. You will develop knowledge on questions to ask potential evaluators, red flags to show that you may need to choose another evaluator, and the process to find a qualified independent evaluator.
• Discover how to successfully navigate the IEP maze, overcome roadblocks and become a meaningful participant in your child’s IEP, and get needed special education and related services for your child.
• Learn to overcome school’s denial of a free appropriate public education (FAPE) by accessing school choice, charter schools, school vouchers, tax benefits for paying for services, and private school/services at public expense or perhaps home schooling.
"I love the powerful opening and the ten step roadmap!"
"This book breaks down complex topics for parents into bite size pieces and creates an accessible roadmap to successfully navigate the challenging special education system."