At a Glance: Who’s on the IEP Team

By Kristin Stanberry

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An Individualized Education Program (IEP) team includes several people, including you. Learn about who’s on the team and what role each person plays.

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At a Glance: Who’s on the IEP Team

Your child’s IEP team includes several people. Each plays an important role. Find out who is required by law to be on the team, along with others you can invite.

IEP Team Members Required by Law

You, the parent
By law, you have an equal say. You have valuable knowledge about your child’s strengths, struggles and goals and can describe what is and isn’t working.

At least one of your child’s general education teachers
This person knows how your child is doing in the classroom and with the general education curriculum.

At least one of your child’s special education teachers
This teacher offers input on what your child needs to succeed in the general education classroom, including how to modify instruction or accomodations your child needs.

A school district representative
This representative has the power to approve school resources for your child. This person must be qualified to provide or supervise special education services.

An expert who can interpret your child’s evaluation results
This could be a member of the team already, such as the special education teacher. Or it could be an additional person, such as a school psychologist.

Your child
When your child turns 16, he’ll be a team member. He’ll advocate for himself and help develop his own transition plan. He may even lead IEP meetings.

A translator
The school is required to provide an interpreter if you need one. Let the school know in advance so they have time to make these arrangements.

Additional IEP Team Members You Can Invite
A parent advocate. You can bring a parent advocate to assist you. Schools aren’t required to provide a parent advocate, but they might be able to help you locate one.

A friend. Some parents bring a friend to help take notes or to provide emotional support.
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In addition to the team members, there are other people who can attend. Find out who else you might want to have there. Find other ways to prepare for the IEP meeting, including our IEP checklist.

About the Author

Kristin Stanberry

Kristin Stanberry

Kristin Stanberry is a writer and editor specializing in parenting, education and consumer health/wellness.

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