The Everyday Guide to Special Education Law

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The Everyday Guide to Special Education Law - A Handbook for Parents, Teachers and Other Professionals, 3rd Edition
Average: 4.3 (16 votes)
Randy Chapman, Esq.
Date Published: 
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
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ISBN 10: 
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Product Dimensions: 
10.8 × 8.4 × 0.5 in
Shipping Weight: 
0.75 lb

The Third Edition of The Everyday Guide to Special Education Law features more than seventy pages of additional information. This edition includes: 

  • Schools and service animals
  • Charter schools, private schools and private school voucher programs
  • LRE and preschool programs
  • Bullying

This edition also contains all of the second edition updates including:

  • Timelines for dispute resolution and due process hearings
  • Burden of proof in due process hearings
  • What constitutes a pattern of removal of a student in the disciplinary process triggering the need to conduct a manifestation determination
  • Services for children with disabilities placed by their parents in private schools

The Everyday Guide to Special Education Law is an essential tool to help parents get the best education possible for their child with disabilities. The Everyday Guide covers the IDEA's Part B (service for children aged 3 - 21), Part C (services for infants and toddlers), and Section 504.

A Spanish translation of this book, Guia de La Ley Educación Especial, is also available with English/Spanish on every page.


Excellent book to have on hand at schools for parents and teachers to use. I work with students with disabilities and I learned a ton from this book. I will often refer to it as time goes on. The tidbits for parents are so beneficial. For example, letting a parent know what happens when they move in-state or to another state. This book has great information for parents and is a wonderful tool as it is easily readable and clear. --Colorado Independent Publishers Association Judges comments

A lot of things that weren't being done now they re going back and doing them. He should have had a physical therapist to help with his motor skills I didn't know that and I just believed what they told me. Now, with the book, they know I m right, that it's the law, and not just me complaining. They can't blow me off any longer. --Sharon Edelen, Parent

About the Author: 

Randy Chapman came to The Legal Center in 1977 as a Volunteer in Service to America (VISTA). He was newly graduated from law school at the University of Texas at Austin. For his service, he received food stamps and a monthly stipend of $250. A year later he was hired as a staff attorney. He has been the Director of Legal Services since 1980.

He played a pivotal role in the development of disability law nationally. He helped break ground in implementing special education law, and his work in this arena is legendary. Parents report that simply invoking his name has moved recalcitrant school district personnel to provide appropriate services for their children.

His influence is reflected in state statute and policy. In the developmental disabilities area, he established Human Rights Committees in legislation to review medications, behavioral programs, and ensure investigation of abuse and neglect. He added the requirement that people with developmental disabilities be represented on the board of directors of community service organizations. He also drafted the due process language in the state statute and had significant input in the development of the Colorado Department of Education'’s complaint process for children in special education.

He has overseen legal representation to more than 10,000 people with disabilities in Colorado and made more than 500 presentations on disability law. He is also the author of numerous articles, two video scripts, and the co-author of a book on Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

He lives in Golden, Colorado, with his wife and two sons.