INDIVIDUALIZED EDUCATION PROGRAM
A written plan outlining modifications for a handicapped child, according to the Education for all Handicapped Children
Act of 1975 depending on the
nature of the childs handicap. No decisions can be made without parental permission, and parents should be well informed
before the meeting. It also would be a good idea to jot down things that come to mind, or questions
that you have so you have an outline of what you want to say.
An Individual Education Plan (IEP) Team consists of the student's parent(s), an administrator, general
education teacher, special education teacher, persons who evaluated the student, and any other persons desired by the parents.
The student may also be included, especially after the age of 14, when transition plans are developed.
The IEP Team will consider the recommendations and decide if a disability exists. If the student
has a disability, the IEP Team will arrange services for the student. It will then prepare an IEP based on the student's needs.
The general education teacher is an essential member of the IEP Team. A valid decision about
the student cannot be made without information from the general education teacher.
Special Ed.Law a review and analysis
IEP's and Beyond
Guide to the Individualized Education Program
New Tools for Dispute Resolution In special Education Matters
What is an IEP? and related links
What Makes A Good IEP for Your Child?
Special Education Individual Education Plan (IEP)
Special Education Teachers Resources for Individual Education Plan
Resolving Special Education Disputes:
Negotiation, Mediation, and Litigation
Learning to Negotiate
Ten Ways To take Charge of Your Child's IEP Meeting
72 Point Check List
Checklist For Effective IEP's
Individualized Educational Program (IEP) Page
Eight Steps To a Better IEP Meeting
How do I get the IEP team to follow through on what they say
they will do?
Step 1: Make
sure any "promise" or committment your IEP team makes to
your child is a written one.
Verbal reassurances are nice
to receive, but you can only hold the
school accountable for services actually written in to the IEP.
listed in the IEP should start immediately or if delays are
necessary (to hire staff or obtain supplies) then the IEP
who is responsible and when the services should begin. If services
don't start by the date listed,
simply call another meeting of the IEP
team. This way you aren't the only one asking, "Why isn't this service
it's the whole team holding the listed person accountable.
Step 2: Use the chain of command.
with your team isn't "working" then use the chain of command
and exercise your parental rights -- in others words, start
Write a calm, objective letter stating when your child's need was
documented; when the committment
to provide services was made (and by
whom); and the current status (that services have still not been
End your letter with a specific request (i.e. what you expect
to happen and by when). Be sure to start local (your
principal, the district special education director, the local board of
education) and then move to
filing a formal complaint with the State
Board of Education if you don't receive an appropriate response from
You can read a sample complaint letter regarding an IEP violation here:
If you need to reach your State Board of Education, you can find contact
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The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Amendments of 1997 were signed into law on June 4, 1997.
This Act strengthens academic expectations and accountability for the nation's 5.8 million children with disabilities and
bridges the gap that has too often existed between what children with disabilities learn and what is required in regular curriculum.
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STATE LINKS TO SPECIAL
State Yellow Pages for Kids With Disabilities
Where you can get reliable information and support. Your state Yellow Pages includes
many resources - government programs, grassroots organizations, and parent support groups.
NICHCY State Resources
THE EDUCATION OF CHILDREN AND YOUTH WITH SPECIAL NEEDS--WHAT DO THE LAWS SAY?
A Parents Guide to No Child Left Behind
NCLB took effect on January 8, 2002
No Child Left Behind Website
Preparing for a Due Process Hearing
This is different from advocating at IEP meetings or evaluation meetings.
A Guide to Resolving Concerns About Your Child's Special Education Services
The Institute for Learning -Centered Education
Educational Accommodations Index lists IEP accommodations for various behaviors and disabilities, including attention
deficiency, emotional impairment and auditory processing deficiency
List of Appropriate School Based Accommodations
For a 504 or IEP
Common Sense Adhd School Accommodations
Teaching Children with ADHD
Lots of helpful tips on instructing students with ADHD.
Classroom Strategies for Engaging Students Attention
Establishing the Proper Learning Environment
Constructing Positive Behaviors
Taking GED tests and Accommodations
Suggested Classroom Accommodations for Specific Behaviors
Inventory of Typical Accommodations for Students with ADHD
Classroom Accommodations for the ADHD Child
Accommodations for Memory Difficulties
Suggested Clasroom Accommodations for Specific Behaviors
Great Classroom Accommodations for ADHD
Is Your Child's Program Carried Out In The Least Restrictive Environment?
RESOURCES & LINKS
Recommendations and Accomadations for Teaching Children with ADHD
Suggested Classroom Interventions For Children With Add & LD
The ever-informative LD OnLine has launched a new online
Advocacy Corner to guide parents in developing effective
assistance for their child with LD and/or ADHD.
Each month the LD OnLine staff (a parent advocate and lawyer and
school psychologist) will work with one parent to
help them move more effectively through the special education
Steps involved in the case will be summarized each month
on the LD Online Web site to serve as a model to empower other
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