Family participation is an essential feature of the development and implementation of high-quality educational programming for students with disabilities. Families bring important information related to their child's academic, functional, and behavioral strengths, needs, and goals. As a result, it is important to ensure that the individualized education program (IEP) team is truly a partnership that values all participants' perspectives. All participants must understand each team members’ role and value the expertise they bring to the development and implementation of the IEP.
Parents, you are an expert in your child! Your thoughts, questions, and feedback are valuable in the IEP development. In this role, it is essential that you understand the IEP and its parts, why the IEP is important, and the valuable role you play in creating the IEP. This resource includes information to consider before, during, and after the IEP meeting. It includes information about the parts of the meeting, questions to consider asking during the meeting, and a place to take notes.
In this Stories from the Classroom video, Dr. David Bateman shares a story of an IEP meeting that serves as a reminder that the IEP is meant to address all of the student’s individual needs and how important family input and perspective is to the development and implementation of an IEP that meets their child's needs.
What can we learn from the experiences of families and youth to guide our development and implementation of high-quality educational programming for students with disabilities? In this webinar, Stacy Hirt and Joey Hunziker share findings from a series of focus groups with families and caregivers who had a child with an IEP during their school years and young adults who were supported with an IEP while in school. Educational planning successes, challenges, and recommendations from the lens of focus group participants will be highlighted.
This course provides a review of the team members responsible for collaboratively developing the students individualized education program (IEP) as outlined in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and explains their roles on the IEP Team. This module also reviews some additional considerations for team membership and engagement in the IEP development process.