Summer School 2014: Session 4
Maintaining Control at IEP Meetings

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Circulation: 97,336
ISSN: 1538-320
July 29, 2014

Summer School 2014
Parent Rights & Responsibilities in the IEP Process
IEP Meeting

The law is very clear that parents have the right to participate in the meeting where their child’s IEP is developed.

…provisions are important to encourage parent participation in the IEP process, which is an important safeguard for ensuring FAPE under the Act.

Schools must do all they can to ensure that parents participate in the IEP process.

In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate you'll find Part 4: Maintaining Control at IEP Meetings. Learn how to make the IEP process work for your child with a simple tool to document:

  • your requests
  • school decisions made to accept or reject your requests
  • the reasons provided for these decisions

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IEP parent input form

Parent IEP Attachment: A Powerful Tool to Keep the IEP Team on Track!

Do you find that requests made at the IEP meeting are sometimes forgotten, or sidestepped?

Do you find that your questions are not answered?

Do you have a good plan in your IEP, but have difficulty getting the plan implemented?

Parent Advocate Judy Bonnell designed a powerful little tool, the Parent IEP Attachment, to help keep the IEP team on track. Download in pdf.


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parents at IEP meeting

Strategy Tip: Adding Parent Input to the IEP

Parents are free to provide input into their child’s IEP through a written report if they so choose. Commentary to the Federal Regulations (2006), page 46678.

Nothing in the statute or regulations prevents you from adding input to your child’s IEP. Adding Parent Input to the IEP – Find Out How!

homework checklist

Summer School Session 4: Homework Checklist


  1. Download the Commentary to the Federal Regulations.


  2. Review what the regulations say about parent participation and input into IEPs.


  3. Create your own table for a parent attachment for IEP items discussed, or download the sample Parent IEP Attachment.

  4. As you prepare for your next IEP meeting, list the items you want to discuss/request.

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