Does your child need special education services? A new, free26-page step-by guide will help you get the help he or she needs to be successful in school. The guide, prepared for the advocacy group Autism Speaks, offers an overview of legal rights, gives tips on how to get an evaluation, and outlines what you need to know to put together an individualized education program or IEP for your child.

“The IEP process can be daunting, overwhelming and highly frustrating for parents," said Lisa Goring, vice president of family services at Autism Speaks. “We hope this guide will give families an

effective road map that prepares them to make informed decisions and advocate for their child as effectively as possible.”

Although the guide is produced by Autism Speaks, most of the information applies to all students that qualify for special education. respective of their diagnosis.The guide was prepared by attorneys at Goodwin Procter for the autism advocacy group.