IEP / IFSP / 504 Basics

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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

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How to Prepare for an IEP

By Doug Goldberg

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

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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.

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Present Levels: The Foundation of the IEP

Excerpt from Wrightslaw.com

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.

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Training in the IEP for School Bus Drivers / Attendants

The need for training and support applies to all school personnel, including bus drivers and school bus aides.

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What is Close Adult Supervision?

Close adult supervision is a service provided to students to access instruction and/or be safe in the instructional setting. The need for close adult supervision services is reviewed on an annual basis at an IEP team meeting. The instrument that is used to determine whether HCPSS students quality for close adult supervision services is the Close Adult Supervision Worksheet.

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What is the Least Restrictive Environment?

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires that all children with disabilities must be educated in the least restrictive environment (LRE) that is appropriate for them. The spirit of this requirement is to ensure that children are not unnecessarily removed from the regular classroom or isolated from other non-disabled children of their age.

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A Parent’s Guide to Section 504 in Public Schools

This important civil rights law can provide educational benefits to kids with learning disabilities and/or AD/HD in public schools.