6 Steps to a SMART Start This Year
Understanding Parent Rights

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ISSN: 1538-320
February 20, 2018

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Annual review coming up for your child's IEP?

6 Steps for a Smart Start This Year, will help you:

  • prepare for the spring IEP season
  • gain a sense of control at IEP meetings
  • see the big picture as part of your master plan

Step #1: Know you Rights.

Parents have extensive rights under IDEA 2004 - it can be a powerful tool. Your job is to ensure a free, appropriate education (FAPE) for your child.

But, your cause will not hold water unless you understand FAPE and the rights and responsibilities IDEA guarantees.

In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate you learn that every parent should understand the law thoroughly, know your rights, and understand what services your child may be eligible for. Find out how to use your parent rights in IDEA to negotiate a better educational program for your child.

We hope you will forward this issue to other friends, families, or colleagues.


How to Use IDEA to Improve Your Child's Special Education Program

You need to become an expert on your child, the disability, understanding evaluations, understanding the laws, and knowing where to find experts when they need to consult one.

Learn how IDEA 2004 creates a higher standard for a free, appropriate public education and how parents can obtain a better IEP for their children.


The Right to FAPE - What is It?

FAPE is the "free, appropriate public education" your child is entitled to under the IDEA.

The school is responsible for providing your child with a free appropriate education (FAPE). Your child's Individualized Education Program (IEP) describes how the school will provide FAPE.

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Learn What the Law Says

As the parent of a child with a disability, you need to know what the law actually says. You need to know how to find answers to your questions in the IDEA statute and regulations.

Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, Second Edition, Procedural Safeguards 1415 page 107 and 34 CFR starting on page 251.

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Make a Compelling Case to Your Child's IEP Team

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been the one to tell the school what’s exactly in the law. After all, these are teachers and administrators, not lawyers. I always take a copy of the law with me.

To make a compelling case to your child's IEP team, learn about your child’s disabilities, specific needs, and the treatments and therapies that work for his issues. Think creatively.

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