IEPs: STUDENT PARTICIPATION IN WRITING IEP

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Michelle:  Does anyone know who determines when it is appropriate to include the child with the disability in the writing of their IEP and who decides this? Can the school discuss the IEP with the child without the parent’s knowledge or consent?

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Karen

IMHO, it depends on the child. Our son is high functioning ASD with ADHD, now age 16 as a sophomore in high school. He has been in regular ed classes all through his school career.

We started having our son participate in IEP meetings during his middle school years so he could understand the process and advocate for himself. In 7th/8th grade, he advocated for himself to remove an aide in middle school classes and also remove extended test time during tests. In high school, he comes to each CST meeting so he hears the same things we do that the teachers and CST say. There is a value there because he owns the process and has to abide by the “rules” in the IEP.