Effective parent advocates have decision making authority at IEP meetings.
As the parent of a special needs child -
- you represent your child's interests
- you are a key member of the IEP team
- you are not a spectator, you are an active participant
When you negotiate with the school on your child's behalf, you increase the odds that your child will get an appropriate education.
But many parents describe the process of negotiating with the school as a frustrating, exhausting ordeal. Others describe IEP meetings as intimidating and overwhelming.
If you feel this way, don't hesitate to take support to the IEP meeting.
In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate you will learn the law and regulations about your rights and parental role in the IEP process. Learn how to be an effective parent advocate or get tips for hiring a lay advocate of your choice.
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