Who should be present at an IEP meeting?
The Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) states that the following individuals must participate in developing a student’s IEP:
- The parent(s)
- General education teacher (if applicable)
- Special education teacher
- A representative of the school or district who is qualified to discuss and oversee the IEP, and has knowledge of both the general curriculum and public resources
- An individual, such as a therapist, who can interpret the results of assessments
- An additional specialist invited by the parent(s) or school, such as an advocate, or a private therapist or specialist (optional)
Remember: An individual on the IEP team can assume more than one of the above roles.
When (and after) the student turns 14, the IEP meeting must also include:
- A transition services representative
- The student (especially when post-secondary goals are discussed)
For more, see our article The IEP Meeting: Team Players and their Roles.