In This Issue . . .
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April 26, 2011
The law is very clear that parents have the right to participate in the meeting where their child’s IEP is developed.
…provisions are important to encourage parent participation in the IEP process, which is an important safeguard for ensuring FAPE under the Act.
Parents are free to provide input into their child’s IEP through a written report if they so choose. (Commentary to the Federal Regulations page 46678)
In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate, you will learn:
- about your active parent role as a member of your child’s IEP team
- some simple but effective tools for asking questions and making suggestions at team meetings
- how to be an equal participant in IEP meetings
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Use This Easy Form to Document Requests & Team Decisions
If parents can use this simple system to make the IEP process work for their child, the IEP process may become a little more "parent-friendly."
Here's a simple tool you can use to document your requests, decisions made to accept or reject your requests, and the reasons provided for these decisions.
How to Use a Parent "IEP Attachment" by Judy Bonnell
What To Do When School Officials Won't Respond
Have you attended an IEP meeting and found you were having difficulty getting answers to your questions? Did it seem like the other IEP team members weren't listening to your concerns and requests?
Parent attorney Sonja Kerr describes how parents can effectively create your own written record of what happened, or didn't happen, during the meeting.
Don't argue! Just take notes. Find out How to Handle Disagreements at IEP Meetings.