- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 17, 2002

Books

•"Delicate Threads: Friendships Between Children With and Without Special Needs in Inclusive Settings," by Debbie Staub, Woodbine House, 1998. This book offers a perspective on childhood friendships and includes practical suggestions for promoting friendships in classroom communities.

•"Inclusion and School Reform: Transforming America's Classrooms," by Dorothy Kerzner Lipsky and Alan Gartner, Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co., 1997. This volume covers a wide range of issues from program implementation and classroom supports to court decisions and financing to successes and setbacks.

Associations

•Maryland Coalition for Inclusive Education, 7484 Candlewood Road, Suite R, Hanover, MD 21076. Phone: 410/859-5400. Web site: www.mcie.org. The MCIE is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the inclusion of students with disabilities in their neighborhood schools and provides a variety of services to families, schools and the general community.

•Arc of the United States, 1010 Wayne Ave., Suite 650, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Phone: 301/565-3842. Web site: www.thearc.org. The Arc, the national organization of and for people with mental retardation and related developmental disabilities and their families, provides information and resources on inclusive education.

Online

•Special Education Law and Advocacy Strategies is a Web site offered by special-education-rights lawyer Reed Martin. The site (www.reedmartin.com) contains information, resources, chat rooms and media for parents and teachers of children with disabilities.

•Circle of Inclusion Web site (www.circleofinclusion.org), funded by the Education Department's Office of Special Education, is designed for early childhood service providers and families of young children. It offers demonstrations of and information about the effective practices of inclusive educational programs for children from birth through age 8.

•Families and Partnerships for Education (www.fape.org), a project of the Education Department, is a resource linking families, advocates and self-advocates in the quest to communicate the new focus of the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act.


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