Roadmap to IEPs

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Circulation: 89,919
ISSN: 1538-320
September 25, 2012

teacher and kids in classDo you know what IDEA really says about IEPs? This may be different from what you have been told!

  • Who may be excused from IEP meetings?
  • Can I change my child's IEP without a meeting?
  • What are the IEP requirements for transition?
  • What happens to services when we transfer schools?
  • What does the law say about developing, reviewing and revising IEPs?

In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate you will learn about the legal requirements of IEPs. Get answers to your questions and find out what you need to know about IEPs, IEP teams, and IEP meetings. Learn how to use tactics and strategies to get quality services in your child's IEP.

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Confused and Overwhelmed about IEPs?

  • What is your role at the IEP meeting?
  • What must the team consider when developing the IEP?
  • What can you do to feel more confident in IEP meetings?

This article will provide you with a roadmap to IEPs and IEP meetings. Read IDEA 2004: What You Need to Know About IEPs & IEP Meetings.

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Eight Steps to Better IEP Meetings

Play Hearts, Not Poker includes "Eight Steps to Better IEP Meetings" by Jennifer Bollero.

Ms. Bollero writes from the unique perspective of an attorney who is also the parent of a child with autism. She teaches parents how to negotiate better IEPs for their children and offers insights and practice tips for attorneys and paralegal advocates who represent parents and children with disabilities.

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Can School Attorneys Legally Attend IEP Meetings

The law does not include attorneys as members of the child’s IEP team. At IEP meetings, some attorneys are helpful. Others are adversarial.

What do you think? Should parent and school attorneys attend IEP meetings? Parent Attorney Jeff Martin provides some answers.


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IEP Tips for Parents & Teachers: Before, During, After the Meeting

Your IEP meeting is approaching.  Both parents and teachers are anxious about what this year will bring. What can you do to ensure a productive meeting?

Read Tested Tips for convening successful IEP meetings. Get suggestions to help parents and educators plan and prepare for the meeting.


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