Who Writes Next Year's IEP?
Parent Participation

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ISSN: 1538-320
April 5, 2016

IDEA requires that the entire IEP Team meet at least annually to discuss a child’s progress and determine the contents of the IEP.

You are an equal IEP team participant. Your input holds equal weight with other information presented and considered.

Facts first.

  1. IEPs must be reviewed annually. (March 29)
  2. Parents are part of the team that develops and reviews the IEP.
  3. IEP goals should be specific, measurable, and tailored to the unique needs of your child.
  4. Parents can request an IEP review or revision at any time.

In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate you will learn the importance of your role at IEP meetings. Find out about preparing for the meeting, using contact logs for discussions with the school, & how to document what happens during the IEP process.

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Landmark Case! Parent Participation at IEP Meetings

In Doug C. v. Hawaii, the Court said failing to include the parent at the IEP meeting violated the procedural requirement of IDEA and invalidated the IEP.

Note: All parents and all special education staff who conduct IEP meetings should be familiar with this landmark ruling.

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Your Written Opinion: The IEP Meeting from YOUR Viewpoint

IDEA 2004 specifically allows parents to submit your concerns to the IEP Team. You don't have to be an expert on "the law" to write a written opinion to record your concerns.

Learn how to create your own record of what happened (or didn't happen) in Written Opinions: A How-To Manual.


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Make the IEP Process Work for You: Document Everything

Here's your toolbox for making requests, communicating and collaborating effectively with the team, and representing your child's interests.

Use these Low-Tech Tools to Create Paper Trails to help you take (and maintain) control at IEP Meetings.


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Learn the Law and Regulations about Parental Role and Consent

Chapter 3, Wrightslaw: All About IEPs.

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