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Summer School 2014
Parent Rights & Responsibilities in the IEP Process

As your child’s parent, you are a key member of the IEP team. You are not a spectator. You are an active participant.

IDEA gives you the power to make educational decisions for your child. Do not be afraid to use your power. Use it wisely. Don’t be afraid to take charge.

In this six part self-study series for Summer School 2014 you will learn to see your role in the IEP process as equally important as the educational professionals. You will learn:

  • about your active parent role as a member of your child’s IEP team
  • how to be an equal participant in IEP meetings
  • some simple but effective tools for taking and maintaining control
  • how to ask questions and make suggestions at IEP team meetings
  • how to be prepared to both collaborate and negotiate with the IEP team

Part 1

IEP MeetingParent Participation in IEP Meetings

As the parent of a child with special educational needs, you represent your child’s interests. You are an essential part of the IEP process. Parents are and always have been members of the IEP team.

In the required members of the IEP team, IDEA 2004, Section 1414(d), parents are listed first.

In Part 1: Parent Participation in IEP Meetings, learn the law and regulations about your parental role in the IEP process.

Part 2

Identifying Problems, Clarifying Issues

As the parent member of your child’s IEP team, you are an equal participant in meetings. Parents are free to provide input into their child’s IEP through a written report if they so choose.

The keys to a successful IEP meeting are Parent meeting

  • preparing
  • organizing information
  • knowing how to present requests

In Part 2: Identifying Problems, Clarifying Issues at IEP Meetings learn how to provide the school with a list of your concerns before the meeting.

Get your Homework Assignment #1, create and submit a Parent Agenda.

Part 3

Taking Control at IEP Meetings

parent at meeetingAt the IEP meeting, you negotiate with the school for services on your child's behalf.

When you seek win-win solutions to problems you can take control at IEP meeetings without playing hardball. When your team develops win-win solutions, the team members are committed to the success of their solutions.

In Part 3: Taking Control at IEP Meetings, learn to develop IEP solutions that allow you and the school district to get your needs and wants met. Learn what strategies to use. Find out how to ask questions and what questions to ask!

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