to Disagree with the IEP Team
parents have questions about what to do when they are presented with
an IEP that is not appropriate for their child.
be surprised if someone gets upset and claims that you are not allowed
to write on the IEP because it is a legal document. This is not true
- you can write on your child's IEP (although the person who objects
may not know this).
tries to stop you, continue to write. If someone tries to pull the IEP
out of your hands, press down hard with your ballpoint pen and continue
to write. If someone yanks the document away from you, continue to write
as the IEP tears.
When to Tape-record Meetings - and Why
If you expect a dispute or disagreement, you should tape record meetings. The recorder should be out in the open. For advice about how to tape-record meetings, read the chapter about "Surviving School Meetings" in From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd Edition.
Thank You Letter
Re-state your position: You consented to the school implementing the
IEP because something is better than nothing. You believe that an inadequate
program is better than no program. However, you believe the proposed
program is not appropriate for your child. Because something is better
than nothing, you expect the district to implement the program -- even
though Mr. Jones ripped the IEP document.
Under these circumstances, the district will want to avoid a due process hearing.
In From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd Edition, you learn the Rules of Adverse Assumptions. You should assume that:
* A hearing
will be necessary to resolve a problem,
This happened in
more than one of my cases. In one case, the special ed supervisor yelled
that the IEP was a "legal document," the parent was not allowed
to write on it, then ripped the IEP when the parent tried to write her
objections on the IEP document.
Copyright © 1998-2021, Peter W. D. Wright and Pamela Darr
Wright. All rights reserved.
Copyright © 1998-2021, Peter W. D. Wright and Pamela Darr Wright. All rights reserved.