Parent to Parent Tips


The Difference Between IEP Meetings and Parent-Teacher Conferences

By Amanda Morin

Knowing the difference between an IEP meeting and a parent-teacher conference can help you make the most of both meetings.


Effective Advocacy: Four Mistakes Parents Make

by Wrightslaw

Effective parent advocates avoid these four mistakes.


Back-to-School Resources

What can parents do to help smooth their student’s transition from summer vacation to school days? Check out our tips on everything from how to plan a school visit and introduce your student to a new teacher to managing IEP paperwork and communication between home and school.


Labor Dept Rules IEP Meetings a Valid Reason for Family and Medical Leave

by Linda Jacobson

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued an opinion letter stating parents and guardians are allowed to use the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) intermittently to attend Individual Education Program (IEP) meetings with teachers, school administrators and others involved in planning education services for children with special needs.

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Parent Tips: Riding a Special Needs Bus

What parents can do to help ensure students are safe

By Howard County Autism Society

The IEP team has decided that your student qualifies for special needs transportation to and from home and school. Now what? Your student’s bus ride can set the tone for her school day and help with the transition from school to home or after-school activities. With so much at stake, how can parents help ensure students are safe and secure while riding the school bus?


Out of School Time for All

Tips for Parents and Caregivers from Disability Rights Maryland

Taking part in fun, engaging activities outside the school day is good for all children. Giving young people with and without disabilities the opportunity to participate together is beneficial to all.

Your child should be able to participate fully in an out-of-school-time program

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Download: Back-to-School Introduction Letters

Writing a back-to-school introduction letter to your child’s teacher can help get the school year off to a good start. It’s also a great way to start building a positive relationship.

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10 Things to do Before School Starts

Set up your child for success this year by reviewing his IEP or 504 Plan, developing organization systems with him, communicating with teachers, and more.


Starting a New IEP Advocacy Year: Back to School Tips

It’s that time again! For parents of children with special needs, “back to school” means the start of a new IEP advocacy year. Here are some tips to keep in mind:


Ensure a Smooth New School Year for Your Child with Special Needs

Lucie P. Lawrence, PhD
Family Communication and Disability Specialist

The beginning of a new school year is a time of great enthusiasm and anticipation. But for some, it also means stress, anxiety, and trepidation. Families raising kids with special needs face numerous challenges throughout the school year.