Eligibility: PARENT AGREEMENT FOR ELIGIBILITY

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Julie: When a child is made eligible for special education services, there is a place on our
documentation which allows participants to agree or disagree. We have been told that a parent does not need to check agree/disagree if the eligibility category is anything other than SLD. Is this the case?

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Julie: I may not understand your question.

Per federal special ed law, there are two occasions when parents must give their informed written consent:
#1. before the initial evaluation to determine if their child is eligible for special ed, and
#2. before the initial IEP is implemented

It sounds like your question is about the second scenario – after the evaluation but before the initial IEP is implemented – but I may not understand.

Parents must provide their informed consent before the school can implement the initial IEP. The child’s disability category is irrelevant to this requirement.

I can only speak for my state (Wisconsin). What you have been told is correct–there is no “agree/disagree” signature page for team members to sign if the eligibility category is anything other than SLD.

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