Exposing Disability Educators' Lies That Hurt Children With Disabilities

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Many parents who are fighting for an appropriate education for their child with disabilities encounter lies by disability educators.

Many times parents do not understand that they are being lied to, and may believe this false information, to the detriment of their child. The new book, Disability Deception: Lies Disability Educators Tell and How Parents Can Beat Them at Their Own Game, by JoAnn Collins, will finally expose these lies, and give practical, easy to follow advocacy strategies on how to win the lie game!


"As a mother of two adults with disabilities, I have been lied to many times, and am outraged by this deceptive practice!" says author JoAnn Collins. "Disability Deception will help parents recognize when they are being lied to, teach them how to assertively and persistently advocate for their child, and give them many useful resources to provide them the ammunition they need to fight for their child's life."

Parents who are trying to fight for an appropriate education for their child, and overcome school personnel's lies, are facing severe financial hardship. Some must spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to ensure that their child is making "meaningful" progress in their education. School districts often have expansive financial resources, while parents usually have few. An example is the Winkelman family of Parma, Ohio, who recently won a Supreme Court decision, but must continue to fight for their son Jacob to receive an appropriate education.

This is causing financial hardship to the family. An article in the Cleveland Plain Dealer by Elizabeth Auster has a headline of "The courts tarry but the bills don't, autistic kids' mom finds." Another article in the Denver Post by Karen Auge has a headline of "The fight for autism." The Tappert family of Colorado paid $110,000 over two years for therapy for their daughter Abby's autism. The Tappert family recently won payment of the $110,000 from Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Therapies for autism are extremely expensive, and few families can afford to pay for them on their own.