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The Special Ed Advocate

Preparing for IEP Meetings: Organize Your Child's Special Ed File and Manage Documents
by Pam & Pete Wright

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This newsletter is a 2.5 minute read (636 words).

Good Thursday Morning. Today is National Lefthander's Day. Here's looking at you, Pete!

To prepare for the IEP meetings in your future, you need to organize your child's special education file and learn to manage your child's documents.

If you don't have a file for your child, it's time to create one. If you have a file, it's time to review and update the file.

In this issue of The Special Ed Advocate, we will ...

  • teach you how to organize your child's file,
  • show you how to manage your child's documents, including which are "Keepers", and
  • introduce Special Deals on the Wrightslaw Bundle.

1. Organizing Your Child's Special Education File by Pete Wright, Esq.

As the parent of a child with special needs, you need information about your child's special education organized so it's easy to find.

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If you don't have a special education file for your child, we'll show you how to create one with a YouTube video about Organizing Your Child's File. If you have a file, it's time to review and update your file.

Why is it important to organize your child's file?

  • When you request information about your child, you will develop a deeper understanding of your child's disability, needs, and progress or lack of progress.

  • Your child's schools and teachers change. As a parent, you are the consistent factor in your child's life. You are in a better position to know what works and doesn't work.

  • After you organize your child's file, you will be able to quickly locate any document in your child's file. This will earn respect from other members of your child's IEP team.

  • When you take your organized file to the next IEP meeting, you will be in a stronger position to negotiate for appropriate special education and compensatory education services.
YouTube Video - Organizing Your Child's Special Ed File by Pete Wright, Esq.
Read Preparing for the Next IEP Meeting: Organizing Your Child's Special Education File at https://www.wrightslaw.com/info/organize.file.htm

2. Paper Chase: Managing Your Child's Documents by Robert Crabtree, Esq.

In Paper Chase: Managing Your Child's Documents, parent attorney Bob Crabtree offers valuable advice about how to organize your child's records, what records to keep, and how to create documents.

To get help for your child, you may have to tell your child's story to another person -- an evaluator, an advocate or attorney, or a hearing officer. If you document events as they happen, your records will help you tell your child's story accurately.

This article answers questions like these . . .

  • Which Documents are Keepers? List of the documents you'll see during your child's special education and why you should keep all of them!

  • Do You Have All Your Child's School Records? Be sure you have all the documents the school has and find out if you have documents that the school doesn't have.

  • What Documents Should You Create and Why?? It can take years for parents to realize that they should have kept better notes of meetings, telephone calls, and important events in their child's educational career.

. . . and why you need to . . .

Keep a Journal - If your young child has a disability and needs special education, get ahead of the game by developing this habit now.

Create Agreements - Why? Agreements clarify understandings you reach with special education service providers and school administrators. How? Documents you write at the time an event happens provide support if you need to prove that the event happened.

Read Paper Chase: Managing Your Child's Documents at https://www.wrightslaw.com/info/advo.paperchase.crabtree.htm

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  • Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition
  • Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd Edition
  • Wrightslaw: All About IEPs and
  • Wrightslaw: All About Tests and Assessments, 2nd Edition.
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Revised: 08/13/20

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