First, what is an IEP- as it refer to our son/daughter with abilities that may be referred to as different, special or disable in the eyes of our world. The IEP is an extremely important document in the educational lives of our children who receive or wish to receive special education under IDEA ( Individuals with Disabilities Education Act).
The IEP document has 2 general purposes: 1) To set reasonable learning goals for your child. 2) To state the services that the school district will provide for your child.
As parents we want the best educational environment for learning for children. In order for us to get optimal learning we are required to do our homework on the special education process and get involved. You can write a referral to the school to address your concerns.
After the team determines eligibility for special education services, through an evaluation, class participation, class work, and social interaction. If eligibility has been determined for special education services an IEP meeting must be held within 30 calendar days from the eligibility determination date. NOTE: Not the referral date but the actual eligibility determination date.
The IEP must be developed at the IEP meeting, through it is acceptable for the school system to come to the meeting with an IEP ("DRAFT") Your participation is vital in the development of the final IEP to insure all your child needs are meet.
Now, "GET ORGANIZE"for your "learning" environment. Purchase an accordion file folder from an office supply store for all the school information. This is your "learning" time too!!! Get your TOOLS ready
You have been entrusted to raise special people. So, this year plan is to be organize, empowered and productive at all meetings concerning your child.
Until next time-
Family Alliance Network (FAN)