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Education and IEPs

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Overview

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?

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Overview

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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Top Parent Questions

How do I know whether my child has enough services in their IEP?
When it comes to what the law says, a student must make “meaningful progress” in meeting their IEP goals.
What is alternate curriculum?
Alternate curriculum should not mean that the student has alternate content standards under IDEA. All instruction should start from the same content standards, regardless of the student’s disabilities, but extensive modifications might prevent a student from qualifying for a diploma.
How do I request a draft of the IEP?
Write to the program specialist (or the administrator in charge of the IEP), the teacher, and/or the case worker to request a draft of the IEP at least two weeks in advance of the meeting; you can request that the district provide the draft no less than three days before the meeting.
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