Let's get start with acronyms and words to know:
FAPE- Free Appropriate Public Education
IEP- Individualized Education "Program"-some people do refer to it also as a "PLAN" -don't get confuse it still means to set reasonable learning goals for your child. And to state the services that the school district will provide for your child.
IDEA-Individuals with Disabilities Education
ISD- Intermediate School District
LEA- Local Educational Agency
MARSE- Michigan Administrative Rules for Special Education
MCL- Michigan Compiled Law
The MCL mandates that special education services are provided from birth through age 25. Federal funding for special education is only for children and youth ages 3 through 21. Therefore, programs and services paid for by IDEA Part B funds only serve children and youth ages 3 through 21. Also, data used for federal reporting only concerns children and youth ages 3 through 21. The state and districts must use state and local funds to provide special education programs and services to eligible children from birth through age 2 and youth ages 22 through 25, as mandated by the MCL
MDE- Michigan Department of Education
MET- Multidisciplinary Evaluation Team
OSE-EIS - Office of Special Education and Early Intervention Services
REED- Review of Existing Evaluation Data
SEA- State Educational Agency
SEAC -Special Education Advisory Committee
A request that a child, suspected to have a disability, be evaluated to determine:
1) if a child is a child with a disability
2) if a child is eligible for special education programs and or services
Mediation is a collaborative means of resolving disputes. When parents, educators or service providers disagree over a special education or early intervention matter, they can try to find a solution together with help from a neutral third party.
Fortunately, I never had to go through this process......
This is part one of "Get Ready Here come an "IEP"- Involved Empowered Parent"
Knowledge is powerful and our children need us to be a well running machine to deal with the ups and downs of their education journey.