The Parents' Right Road

Munsey, Bernice
June 1973
Journal of Learning Disabilities;Jun/Jul1973, Vol. 6 Issue 6, p392
Academic Journal
This article presents a reprint of the article "Parent's Right to Read," published in the journal 'Special Education Information Center Newsletter." The parent contracts for services, medical, psychological, language and education evaluations, to help his handicapped, or potentially handicapped, child. The parent pays for the professional evaluations by taxes in the case of public services and by fee payments in the case of private services. Before the professional may send his written report to another professional, he must secure a signed release paper from the parent. The parent is given an oral report and, usually ample opportunity to have his questions answered. Reasons for denying the parents their right to read are legion. The author recalls her experience with her daughter who is now eight. She and her daughter are well along in the school of experience in diagnoses and evaluations. Professionals will eventually grant parents the privilege of reading their evaluations of the child and his family because it is the right of the parents to read. The right should be granted because it is sensible and could obviously help the children they are in the business of helping.


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