Equal Parent Participation
Submit a Written Opinion to the IEP Team

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Circulation: 94,695
ISSN: 1538-320
March 25, 2014

IEP MeetingYou have the right to be a full participant in the IEP process.

  • You have a right to submit information about your child.
  • You have a right to disagree with decisions made about your child.
  • You have a right to due process to dispute these decisions.

You don't have to be an expert on the law to write a written opinion for the IEP Team.

In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate you will find out how to create your own record of what happened (or didn't happen) at the IEP meeting. Learn the steps to writing a Written Opinion.

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How-To Write an Effective "Written Opinion"

In a Written Opinion you can document the IEP meeting from your viewpoint as a parent.

A Written Opinion ensures that the IEP team understands what you think happened at the IEP meeting.

Advocate Pat Howey explains all the steps in Written Opinions: A How-To Manual.

IEP Meeting

Decision Maker v. Equal Participant

The school completely ignored my issues and did not allow me to be an equal participant on my daughter’s IEP team.

Happen to you? Find out what to do!

Learn to prepare a written report to give to the IEP Team and to write a Written Opinion following team decisions.


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The Power of a Written Follow up Letter

The law gives parents POWER to use in educational decisions for your child. Don't be afraid to use it!

Write a follow-up letter to document disagreements, procedural errors, untruths, misstatements at the IEP meeting.

Your follow-up letter is more important than the notes you keep



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