IEP / IFSP / 504 Basics


Maryland Statewide IEP Process Guide

All Individualized Education Programs (IEP) written in Maryland follow a statewide format. Parents can refer to the Maryland Statewide IEP Process Guide to better understand the intent and purpose of each section of the statewide IEP as well as explanations of the IEP decision-making process.


What You Need to Know About Adapted Physical Education

By Matthew Schinelli

What is adapted physical education?
“Adaptive physical education” refers to specially designed instruction based upon specific modifications to traditional instructional cues or curriculum skills.


10 Questions Every Parent Should Ask at an IEP Meeting

By Carly Anderson

In my career as an elementary school teacher and intervention coordinator, I’ve sat in hundreds of individualized education program (IEP) meetings. They’re a regular part of my weekly schedule.

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Is the School Required to Provide Social Skills Training?

by Wrightslaw

Social skill is not a “service” but a functional skill necessary for daily living activities.

Your child’s IEP must include a description of her Present Levels of Academic Achievement and Functional Performance. This means what her strengths and weaknesses are – both in academics and in functional areas like social skills.

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How to Create a Parent Input Report

By Kristin Stanberry

When you have your IEP meeting, the team at school will share all sorts of information about your child. But there are certain insights that only you can provide. And they are important to share with the team.


Written Opinions: A How-To Manual

By Patricia Howey

Record Your IEP Concerns in a Written Opinion

IDEA 2004 specifically allows you to submit your concerns to the IEP Team. One way to record your concerns is to use a written opinion.


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.