By The Understood Team
Your child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) can be confusing to look at and read. But knowing what goes in it can help you make sense of it. Use this handy visual aid to boost your understanding of your child’s IEP.
The Understood team is composed of passionate writers, editors and community moderators, many of whom have children with learning and attention issues.
Kelli Johnson, M.A.
Jan 30, 2015
Jan 30, 2015
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mybratpack5: We can't provide specific advice for your situation, but this article, "Where to Find Legal Help," might provide some assistance for you in your search for a local advocate. As for EASY IEPs, can you provide a little more information? Our team is aware of a software/data management system by that name, but is unsure as to whether this is what you are referring to.
Is there anyway that you could break down and make easier to understand the newer EASY IEP's. I do not have an advocate as their are none locally I know of. I've been fighting my system for four years for even the slightest of accommodations that her nueropsychologist has recommended. I have a soon to be sixth grade with multiple LD/disorders, that I've proven to have been passed through on false grades. I'm getting no where...
@sizzley: Thank you for bringing up parent addendum/attachments. As we mention in this piece, How to Consent to Some Parts of an IEP and Not Others, a parental addendum is a good way to make sure the issues with which you disagree are in writing and part of the record.
What about "parental attachments" (PA)? I requested everything I wanted for my child in PA . I stated the short term and long term goals as well as why the services were beneficial to him and how they should be implemented. I took the IEP home and looked over it listened to the recorded meeting and many important services and accommodations were missing lEP document. I compared what was stated in the meeting to what was on the document. I went from feeling like the school was very supportive to feeling like they had tried to run a scam on us. I had an advocate who knew her stuff and kept us informed. Never sign anything the same day and look over everything. In the PA I stated every discrepancy and asked that it be changed what ever they refused they had to give a reason why. My son recieved a great IEP because we had a great advocate who made sure we understood every accessment and how it should be measured as well as what services he qualifed under.
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