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ISSN: 1538-320
March 27, 2018

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As your child’s parent, you are a key member of the IEP team. In the required members of the IEP team, IDEA 2004, Section 1414(d), parents are listed first.

IDEA gives you the power to make educational decisions for your child. Do not be afraid to use your power. Use it wisely. Don’t be afraid to take charge.

Step #6: Parent Participation.

In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate you will learn to see your role in the IEP process as equally important as the educational professionals. Find out how to prepare and get effective tools for taking control at IEP meetings. Learn what strategies to use.

IEP Series Review: Step #1    #2    #3    #4    #5

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Failing to Include a Parent at the IEP Meeting Violates IDEA

In the landmark case, Doug C. v. Hawaii, the Court said failing to include the parent at the IEP meeting violated the procedural requirement of IDEA and invalidated the IEP.


Parents Are Not Members of the IEP Team … Say What!?

You are an equal IEP team participant. Your input holds equal weight with other information presented and considered.

Parents are an essential part of the IEP process.


Law & Regulations: Parent Participation

Chapter 1: Planning and Preparing.
Chapter 3. Parental Participation and Consent.

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Your Written Opinion: The IEP Meeting from YOUR Viewpoint

IDEA 2004 specifically allows parents to submit your concerns to the IEP Team. You don't have to be an expert on "the law" to write a written opinion to record your concerns.

Create your own record of what happened (or didn't happen) at the IEP meeting.

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