All Kids Count
Julia K. Landau, J.D.
Janet R. Vohs, B.A.
Carolyn A. Romano, J.D.
Book Design by
Federation for Children with Special Needs
Boston , Massachusetts
Bound copies of All Kids Count may be ordered from the
Federation's Publications Page
About the Federation and the PEER Project
The Federation for Children with Special Needs is a nonprofit organization based on the philosophy of parents helping parents. Founded in 1974 as a coalition of twelve disability and parent organizations, today the Federation is an independent advocacy organization committed to quality education and health care for all, and to protecting the rights of all children. To this end, the Federation provides information, support, and assistance to parents of children with disabilities, their organizations, their professional partners, and their communities. We further believe that listening to and learning from families and from people with disabilities about their experiences, knowledge, hopes, and dreams are fundamental to shaping a society in which everyone’s contributions count.
Parents Engaged in Education Reform (PEER) is a national technical assistance project funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs. PEER’s purpose is to support parents of children with disabilities and their organizations to be informed, active participants in education reform efforts.
Through publications, teleconferences, workshops, and institutes, the PEER Project provides opportunities for parents, parent organizations, and professionals to learn about school reform efforts occurring in states and local communities. In addition, to enhance opportunities for early literacy for at-risk students, PEER is providing information and training to parent and community organizations in promising and best practices in early literacy. Information briefs, facts sheets, and a resource manual on school reform are currently being developed.
Funding for All Kids Count: Including Students with Disabilities in Statewide Assessment Programs was provided by the Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education through grant #H029K50208. However, the contents of this publication do not necessarily reflect the view or policies of the Department of Education and no official endorsement by the Department of Education should be inferred.
PEER Core Staff
Carolyn A. Romano, Project Director
Janet R. Vohs, Assistant Project Director
Martha H. Ziegler, Senior Resource Specialist
Richard J. Robison, Technical Monitor
Kristen "Nummi" Nummerdor, Graphic Designer
Piyanuch "Oui" Sirithanachai, Project Assistant
John Sullivan, Technology Specialist
Readers are granted permission to reproduce this document for nonprofit distribution. The only requirement is that proper credit be given to the authors, the PEER Project, and the Federation for Children with Special Needs.
The illustrations are reprinted by permission of the artist, Martha Perske, and are drawn from the following publications by Robert Perske and Martha Perske: Circle of Friends (1988), Hope for the Families (1989), and New Life in the Neighborhood (1989), published by Abingdon Press, Nashville.