AdvocatingFor YourChild with Disabilities
Brief Legislative Update
« P/S students with disabilities shall not be suspended or expelled
• District not entitled tobring its attorneytoresolution mtg, if parent does not have atty.
» Parent Advisory Group must be established in each District
• Independentevaluations—seehand-out
• Parents must receive an IEP or written notes at the end of each IEP meeting
• lEPs maybe changed without anIEP meeting being held
• IEP teammembers maybe excused - see hand-out
• Burden of Proofshifted back toschool districts
Recordkeeping & Meeting Preparation
» Journal - date, time, location & description of all discussions
• Calendar of all dates and times student is absent/removed from school
• File all lEPs, evaluations, progress reports, report cards, state tests,
correspondences, class work, class tests & quizzes, art projects,
communication books, assignment pads, etc,. .by year
• Keep a small accordion file for all other papers that come home i.e.,
permission slips, party notices, PTA flyers, etc...
• Conduct a thorough review of your child's records kept in district annually
" Review your child's records thoroughly prior to each meeting
" Send letter of understanding after each important meeting or discussion
The IEP Document
» PLAAFP - Comprehensive - eliminate all inappropriate statements
» Goals & objectives-progress-high expectations
" Parental concerns
• Pull-out Program - synchronized scheduling/related services should be related
" Transition Planning / Services - Vocational Assessment
• ESY Services
• Placement - range of placement options-LRE
The IEP Process
• Parental Participation - You are an EQUAL member of the IEP team
• Audiotape every IEP meeting
• IEP meeting v Informational meeting or Teacher conference
• Invited guests
• Attorneys at IEP meetings
• Balanced advocacy
• The "adversarial" relationship
AdvocatingFor YourChild with Disabilities
Brief Legislative Update
« P/S students with disabilities shall not be suspended or expelled
• District not entitled tobring its attorneytoresolution mtg, if parent does not have atty.
» Parent Advisory Group must be established in each District
• Independentevaluations—seehand-out
• Parents must receive an IEP or written notes at the end of each IEP meeting
• lEPs maybe changed without anIEP meeting being held
• IEP teammembers maybe excused - see hand-out
• Burden of Proofshifted back toschool districts
Recordkeeping & Meeting Preparation
» Journal - date, time, location & description of all discussions
• Calendar of all dates and times student is absent/removed from school
• File all lEPs, evaluations, progress reports, report cards, state tests,
correspondences, class work, class tests & quizzes, art projects,
communication books, assignment pads, etc,. .by year
• Keep a small accordion file for all other papers that come home i.e.,
permission slips, party notices, PTA flyers, etc...
• Conduct a thorough review of your child's records kept in district annually
" Review your child's records thoroughly prior to each meeting
" Send letter of understanding after each important meeting or discussion
The IEP Document
» PLAAFP - Comprehensive - eliminate all inappropriate statements
» Goals & objectives-progress-high expectations
" Parental concerns
• Pull-out Program - synchronized scheduling/related services should be related
" Transition Planning / Services - Vocational Assessment
• ESY Services
• Placement - range of placement options-LRE
The IEP Process
• Parental Participation - You are an EQUAL member of the IEP team
• Audiotape every IEP meeting
• IEP meeting v Informational meeting or Teacher conference
• Invited guests
• Attorneys at IEP meetings
• Balanced advocacy
• The "adversarial" relationship

Advocating For Your Child with Disabilities


 
Recordkeeping & Meeting Preparation

» Journal - date, time, location & description of all discussions
• Calendar of all dates and times student is absent/removed from school
• File all lEPs, evaluations, progress reports, report cards, state tests,
correspondences, class work, class tests & quizzes, art projects,
communication books, assignment pads, etc,. .by year
• Keep a small accordion file for all other papers that come home i.e.,
permission slips, party notices, PTA flyers, etc...
• Conduct a thorough review of your child's records kept in district annually
" Review your child's records thoroughly prior to each meeting
" Send letter of understanding after each important meeting or discussion
 

The IEP Document


» PLAAFP - Comprehensive - eliminate all inappropriate statements
» Goals & objectives-progress-high expectations
" Parental concerns
• Pull-out Program - synchronized scheduling/related services should be related
" Transition Planning / Services - Vocational Assessment
• ESY Services
• Placement - range of placement options-LRE


The IEP Process


• Parental Participation - You are an EQUAL member of the IEP team
• Audiotape every IEP meeting
• IEP meeting v Informational meeting or Teacher conference
• Invited guests
• Attorneys at IEP meetings
• Balanced advocacy
• The "adversarial" relationship