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Extended School Year Services Manual

Produced by the Maryland Disability Law Center

“Advocating for ESY services for a student is similar to advocating for a regular school year IEP for a student. The program must be individualized to meet the student’s needs and it must be provided at no cost to the family. The salient question to be answered, however, is a little different.


A Closer Look at IEPs: What You Need to Know

Presentation by Patti Mackey, Educational Consultant
Sponsored by the HCPSS Family Resource and Support Center
Dec. 8, 2015


What You Need To Know About IEPs And Progress Reports

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Believe it or not, you should be getting notes home regarding setting up parent teacher conferences for your children any day now. This means that report card time is also quickly approaching. For parents of children with special needs, who have an IEP (Individualized Education Plan), you should also be receiving progress reports for your child shortly.

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Your Child’s IEP & Progress in the General Education Curriculum

By Suzanne Whitney, Research Editor, Wrightslaw

In this article, you’ll learn about requirements in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and the No Child Left Behind Act for your child’s involvement in and progress in the general education curriculum.


How Can I Get My Child’s IEP Changed?

You can request an IEP meeting at any time. You can ask that the IEP be changed at any time. The fact that you consented to the IEP does not mean you are stuck with it – or that it is appropriate for an entire year.

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Put Social Skills in the IEP

By Ann McCarthy

When problems with social skills impact your child’s success in school, addressing them should become part of the IEP. Write objectives to improve social skills as you would for academic skills. Once objectives exist in the IEP, your child’s team must provide explicit instruction to achieve them


How to Prepare for an IEP

By Doug Goldberg

This article will help you truly prepare for your next IEP meeting.


Seven Habits of Highly Effective IEP Teams

by Eileen Hammar and Anne Malatchi

1. Be proactive
“Taking initiative does not mean being pushy, obnoxious, or aggressive. It does mean recognizing our responsibility to make things happen.”

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IEP Bootcamp

Must-read advice for anyone headed to an IEP meeting

Disability Scoop’s original series, Scoop Essentials, features a Q&A with special education attorney Marcy Tiffany of the law firm Wyner & Tiffany on the rights of students with disabilities.


Present Levels: The Foundation of the IEP

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The Present Levels are the most critical part of the IEP. It is also the section that most parents and advocates prepare for the least.