Can the School Exclude Related Services from the IEP...and Providers from IEP Meetings?

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ISSN: 1538-320
March 14, 2017

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Related services include speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and rehabilitation counseling. Transportation to school is a related service.

It is the IEP team’s responsibility to review all of the evaluation information, to identify any related services your child needs, and to include them in the IEP.

Goals can be written for a related service just as they are for other special education services.

The IEP must specify:

  • when the service will begin
  • how often it will be provided and for what amount of time
  • where it will be provided

In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate you will learn the responsibility of the IEP team in determining related services for your child. If your child's IEP specifies related services, the school district must provide these services. Related services must be at no cost to the parent.

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School Says No Related Services on the IEP!

Our Board of Ed told us they don't have to put related services in the IEP and service providers can have no goals...the only goals to follow are the school's goals.

Should related services be put on the IEP?


Can the School Exclude Related Service Providers from IEP Meetings?

OSEP says ... it is critically important that the school require individuals to attend IEP meetings who know the unique needs of a child and can address the child's educational program.


Steps to Take When IEP Services are NOT Delivered

Once you accept an IEP, the school system must provide all the services described in that plan right away, unless the IEP states that some services are to start at a later time.


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IDEA Statute & Federal Regs Define Related Services

20 U.S.C. §1401 (26) and 34 CFR §300.34

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