What is an IEP?
What is an IEP? Understanding IEPs can be quite difficult so we’ve compiled this guide for parents and guardians to help you through the process. An IEP is an Individualized Education Program. When a child is identified with a disability under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) a child has a right to a Free, Appropriate, Public Education, FAPE. For a child to receive FAPE there has to be an IEP developed for the child to progress in the general education curriculum.
IEP Team members
The law mandates that a minimum number of persons attend an IEP meeting.
If these people are not available at your IEP meeting, then the meeting cannot take place. An IEP meeting time frame should not be limited. It is required to be held at a time and place that is convenient to all team members. The process can sometimes take longer than is expected.
What are the areas that must be addressed in an IEP?
Before the IEP meeting
At the IEP meeting:
After the IEP Meeting
IEP Questions to consider.
Tips for a successful IEP meeting
How will I know if my child is making progress?
What if my child is not making progress?
The information provided in this blog post is for general informational purposes only and should not be considered legal advice. We are not legal professionals, and this content is not a substitute for consulting with a qualified attorney. For specific legal concerns or questions related to Individualized Education Programs (IEPs), we recommend seeking advice from a licensed legal professional or the appropriate educational authorities. Every child’s situation is unique, and legal requirements can vary, so it’s crucial to consult with an expert for tailored guidance.
About Big Brothers Big Sisters Miami Valley
Since 1958, the mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters Miami Valley is to create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth. Big Brothers Big Sisters operates under the belief that inherent in every child is incredible potential. We make meaningful, monitored mentoring matches between adult volunteers (Bigs) and local youth (Littles), ages 7 through 18, across Montgomery, Miami, Greene, and Preble counties. As the leading evidence-based mentoring organization in the Miami Valley, currently serving 344 local youth, we help children realize their full potential and build strong futures.
In addition to one-to-one mentoring, we provide group match activities focused on STEM to build confidence and self-efficacy around science, technology, engineering and math subjects and to expose them to various related career paths to help break the cycle of generational poverty. We also provide family care packages which include nonperishable food, personal care items and cleaning supplies to the youth who are in most need.
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