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Guaranteeing Special Education Rights: Individualized Education Plans

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Individual Education Plans

A child's Individual Education Plan (IEP) is much more than a piece of paper. It is a written statement of what the child should be taught, who will teach it, where it will be taught and how much time this child will spend with children who do not have disabilities. Parents have a right to have their opinions heard on these important decisions affecting their children.

There are lots of resources available to help you know parents' rights, what should be in every child's Individual Education Plan, what you can do to make sure the IEP best serves each child's needs and what you can do if you disagree with the IEP. Be involved and please encourage parents to be involved as well!

This is a child's education and you CAN make a difference.

WHY AN Individual Education Plan (IEP) IS SO IMPORTANT.....

Here is what is on an Individual Education Plan

  • What the student will learn this year, that is what the educational goals are.
  • Where he or she will learn this, whether in a regular classroom, alternative school, special class or somewhere else
  • What services the school will provide. Whether the student will get speech therapy, physical therapy, counseling or other types of services.
  • Whether the student will receive services year-round or only during the school year.
  • When services will start, how often the student will receive services and how long these will last.
  • Whether the student will have the same requirements for high school graduation as other students.

An IEP is agreed on during an IEP meeting. The student and parent must be invited to this meeting.

NEXT arrowNEXT: YOU and the IEP

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