Education and IEPs

Education and IEPs



The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act entitles children with disabilities to special education services. Parent participation is vital to ensure that a child receives all the services and supports they need to be successful. Here’s how you can get involved in your child’s education and ensure that they have access to the services and supports they need.

Who is eligible for an IEP, and what is it?

  • A child is eligible for an Individualized Education Program (IEP) if they meet the criteria for one of thirteen eligibility categories, and if they cannot make adequate progress in school without special education services.
  • An IEP outlines the services and supports that the school district will provide, at no cost to the student’s family, to ensure that the student has access to a free and appropriate public education (FAPE).
  • A student must first receive an initial full assessment conducted by a school psychologist, special education teacher, and any additional related service providers that are relevant to the student’s disability. A full assessment must be done at least every three years, but a parent can request an assessment of their child at any time.



Who is eligible for an IEP, and what is it?

How do I prepare for the IEP meeting?

When should I follow up to make sure my child’s IEP is being implemented?

What should I do to help my child transition to a new school?

Why should I advocate for inclusion in my child’s IEP?

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