Wrights Law and developing an IEP

I seem to get a lot of questions from parents who want to know how to advocate for their child when it comes to the education process if they have special needs.

While I do not proclaim to be an expert in this at all, I do have some experience and a network of good friends who help me with information to give to others.

One such website I was pointed to is called http://www.wrightslaw.com/

It is linked here in the bottom as well. If you feel the need to find an advocate for your own process this is a possible tool for you to use.

Generally I have been successful in working with the school when it came to my own children. I also used the help of a counselor that the children saw/see for recommendations for their IEP plan.

But what is a good IEP plan? Most schools will give you one, and it may have very general accommodations and goals. Really pay attention to see if the IEP seems to follow your child's needs, first and foremost.

Keep in mind that schools are obligate to provide a free and appropriate education in the least restrictive setting. That is their goal and their legal obligation. Your goal should be to make sure your child's needs are being met. Don't be afraid to ask for something they aren't offering on their own. You also have the right not to sign any papers at the IEP meeting, but rather take them home and look through them again on your own time.

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    03/19/14
    4Katie
    Thank you for sharing that website, I am definitely going to check it out. My daughter has an IEP and both of my parents are special education teachers so they have gone to the IEP meetings with me to help me advocate for my daughter. But I live in a different state now I am still learning how to do it all myself.
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