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Highlights: How to use tactics & strategies in IEP meetings; how to use follow-up letters to get answers to your questions; book reviewers love FETA; more good cases about IEPs; transition statements in IEPs; free pubs about IEPs and transition.
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1. Tactics & Strategies: How to Disagree with the IEP Team
answers questions from parents about how to disagree with the IEP
team. Learn about the Rules of Adverse Assumptions, how to use tape
recording and thank you letters to clarify issues; and how to deal
with an IEP team bully.
2. How to Handle Disagreements at IEP Meetings (or Playing 20 Questions with the Devil)
at IEP meetings? IEP team does not answer your questions? Parent attorney
Sonja Kerr devised an approach to deal with the IEP meeting quagmire.
3. IEP Meetings & Follow-Up Letters - How to Get Answers to Your Questions
Parent advocate Pat Howey offers strategies that you can use
to get the IEP team to answer your questions.
4. Reviewers: Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy is "Superb"
superb reference, From Emotions To Advocacy is very highly
recommended reading for all parents of children in need of adapted
or special education services .. . Filled with tips, tricks, and techniques
and an immense wealth of resources, from Internet sites to advocacy
organizations to worksheets, forms, and sample letters to guide one's
written communication." - Midwest Book Review
How to become an expert about your childs disability and educational
From Emotions to Advocacy includes chapters about evaluations,
how to organize your child's file, two chapters about how to use the
bell curve to measure progress or lack of progress, and a chapter
about SMART IEPs.
5. More Good Cases About IEPs
When you do research about legal issue, you need to read the statute and regulations. You also need to read caselaw. Here are two more good cases about IEPs - add them to your collection:
v. Bexley City Sch. District, U. S. Court of Appeals for Sixth
T. v. Elmhurst Comm. School District No. 205, U. S. District
Court of Illinois
to download and read our comprehensive article, "Your
Child's IEP: Practical and Legal Guidance for Parents"
- this article includes several cases about IEPs.
6. Transition Statements in IEPs
at age 14, the IEP must identify transition service needs. The transition
statement includes two components: a statement showing how planned
studies (course of study) are related to the student's goals beyond
secondary education and a statement of the student's goals beyond
7. Free Pubs About IEPs & Transition
The heart of your child's special education program is the Individualized Education Program (IEP). These books will teach you how to write IEP goals and objectives that target your child's problems.
Guide to the Individualized Education Program (2000)
with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires schools to prepare
students with disabilities for employment and independent living.
Transition planning that involves students and their families leads
to post-school success and independence. Article describes how to
design quality IEP transition plans.
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