My son’s IEP was last updated in 3rd grade. He is now a senior at a private christian school. How can I get his IEP updated for college?
There are several issues in your question.
Private Schools and IEPs
Does a private school have to provide an IEP for a child with a disability?
Answer: No. IDEA 2004 does not apply to private schools.
Private Placement and IEPs
Does the public school have to provide that child with an IEP?
Answer: Variable and complicated. Begins with child find laws.
The Child Find mandate applies to all children who reside within a State, including children who attend private (including religious) schools.
Colleges and IEPs
Does a college have to provide a child with a disability with an IEP?
IEPs are based on IDEA 2004 which only applies to public schools, not higher education. When your child graduates from high school with a regular diploma or reaches the age of 22, his entitlement to rights under IDEA ends. IDEA rights do not follow your child into college.
What Law Applies in College?
Parents should consider having a 504 plan from the public school in the last two years prior to attending college, since college disability offices recognize 504 and ADA, but not IDEA.
More information and resources are on the College and Continuing Education page at http://www.wrightslaw.com/info/college.index.htm
Transition to College and Continuing Education
You will find an outstanding article by Marilyn Bartlett, Transitioning from High School to Post-Secondary Education.
Dr. Bartlett is the famous Bartlett in the landmark case, Marilyn Bartlett v. NY State Bar, Board of Law Examiners.