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NOLO Press: A resource for Dyslexic students' families

This is a book recommendation.

I am often asked for resources. The request can be as simple as a book recommendation for a hesitant reader. (I always recommend Jon Scieszka books) And now I find myself, more and more, being asked for legal resources for a parents' fight to get an equitable education for their learning differently children.


There are no easy answers. There are no answers that don’t involve a lot of hard work on the part of the parent.  I do, however, have a resource to recommend for most legal questions. It is, if nothing else, a place to start.


A number of years ago, one of my best friends, who was a lawyer himself, recommended NOLO Press to me. He noted that they were plentiful and available to laypeople. NOLO is a publishing house out of Berkeley that focuses on legal issues. They have resources for things like: wills, trusts, divorces, and IEP’s for children with learning disabilities.


I don’t like to use the term “learning disability” when referring to our students, I prefer Learning Differently. That is, however, the stuff of another blog post. But I digress.


There are 2 publications that I want to call out in this post. They are:  Nolo’s IEP Guide Learning Disabilities (the red one) and The Complete IEP Guide (the blue one.)  I find them to be well organized, succinct and chock full of useful information. Plus, they have a website where you can download most, if not all, of the forms they reference in their chapters. The books are reasonably priced and available on Amazon. Simple.


It is after you choose the publication that, hopefully, answers most of your questions, that the hard work really begins. Now you need to sift out the useful from the useless. You need to be able to drill down to your specific needs. You are going to feel like you are looking for that proverbial needle in the haystack. Don’t give up. The very next page that you read can have the answer(s) that you are looking for.


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