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 Book Donations in May, 2012

Reflections from a Different Journey – What Adults with Disabilities Wish All Parents Knew.  This book presents 40 stories by successful adults who grew up with disabilities. They provide insights into what it is like to persevere in the face of community prejudices, and what it takes for families and children with disabilities to work together toward fulfillment.

Legal Planning for Special Needs in Massachusetts – A Family Guide to SSI, Guardianship, and Estate Planning, by Barbara D. Jackins, Attorney.  This book is an easy to read, conversational style and is a must have resource for parents or guardians of children with disabilities.

Managing a Special Needs Trust – A Guide for Trustees, by Barbara D. Jackins, Esq., Richard S. Blank, Esq., Ken W. Shulman, Esq., Harriet H. Onello, Esq.  This book explains how a trustee can use trust fund to meet financial needs of a person with disabilities and still comply with the complex rules of government benefit programs.

From Emotions to Advocacy, Second Edition, The Special Education Survival Guide, by Pam Wright and Pete Wright.  This book will help you with you advocate for your child’s disability and educational needs.  You will learn how to organize files, understand parent/school conflict, how to create paper trails and effective letter writing.

Special Education Law, Second Edition, by Peter Wright, Esq., and Pamela Darr Wright, MA, MSW.  This book covers special education law and how to get better services for all children with disabilities.  Topics covered include:  Free, Appropriate Public Education, Individualized Education Programs (IEP’s), team meetings, evaluations, eligibility and placement, least restrictive environment, discipline, safeguards, mediation, and much more.

All About IEPs – Answers to Frequently Asked Questions About IEPs, by Peter Wright, Esq., Pam Darr Wright, MA, MSW, and Sandra Webb O’Connor, M.Ed.  This book will give you clear answers on IEPs and what the law says about: IEP teams and meetings, parental rights and consent, steps in developing the IEP, placement, transition, assistive technology, and strategies to resolve disagreements.

Surviving Due Process:  When Parents and The School Board Disagree, DVD.  This DVD takes you inside a hearing based on a true story, from start to finish.

Wrightslaw – Understanding Your Child’s Test Scores, DVD by Peter Wright, Esq. and Pam Darr Wright, MA, MSW.  This DVD is used with From Emotions to Advocacy, Second Edition, The Special Education Survival Guide.  Eligibility, services and progress are based on test scores; not grades or observations.  This DVD will teach you how to draw the bell curve and how to use test scores to create graphs.  You will also learn about standard scores, percentiles, subtest scores, composite scores, and subtest scatter.

Recent Coordinated Review Results


MCAS Accommodations Update from DOE

School districts and parents should review the new DOE Spring 2008 Update – Requirements for the Participation of Students with Disabilities in the MCAS found at the link below: http://www.doe.mass.edu/mcas/participation/sped.pdf

SEABoard has donated the following materials to the Swampscott Public Library:

“Pathways to Success” a video from the Learning Disabilities Association of Massachusetts. Students with learning disabilities share the strategies that have brought them success at the graduate and undergraduate level. They discuss the the realities of adjusting to the new academic challenges and the differences in support services between post secondary and high school levels.
“Disability Awareness” a guidebook from the Pacer Center for families, educators and others that provides basic information about disabilities. It is an introduction to many disabilities and a source of ideas on classroom activities.
“Nora Green” by Ellen Frances Cunis with Teresa Allissa Citro, from Learning Disabilities Worldwide, Inc. This kid friendly book will help elementary age children identify what it’s like to have learning disabilities. It also helps children, parents and educators to understand the necessity of testing, early intervention and team work.

Special Education Reports Available to Read

Thank you to Neil Bernstein, Swampscott School Committee Member, for posting public school documents on his website. Now posted are: the Special Education Program Audit that was done in 2006 and the Special Education Financial Review recently done in October, 2007. The Program Audit discusses recommendations to the district for ways to improve Special Education. Dr. Maureen Bingham updated us as to progress being made in her “State of Special Education” presentation at our November meeting (please email us if you would like to see copies of this). The Financial Review looks at accounting and reporting practices. The issues raised by this report have been addressed and remedied by the cooperative efforts of new members of the Administration in the Business Office, the Technology Coordinator and the Special Education Office.

Resource Area at Library

SEABoard helps maintain a Special Education resource area in the Children’s Room at the Swampscott Public Library. There are relevant books and binders full of useful information. Please let us know if there is anything you would like to see added.


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