It is so easy to feel intimidated during the IEP process. This is particularly true if there is a disagreement with your child’s school. But remember, you are in charge of your child’s education. Through IDEA, Congress has granted parents specific rights to make sure that your voice is being heard.
You, the parent, have the right to request or reject evaluations. You have the right to be at all IEP meetings. You also have the right to accept or reject IEP team findings and proposals. If there is a disagreement, you also have important due process rights to resolve differences.
Just as a CEO might have a vision for her company, you have a vision for your child’s education. Your vision for your child should be encapsulated in the actual IEP. You have the right to bring your hopes and concerns to the IEP table. The more you participate in the process, the more the team will understand and be responsive to your vision.
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Parents have the right to participate in your child’s education
Parents have the right to ask questions
Parents have the right to be a part of the IEP team
Parents have the right to be participate at IEP Team Meetings
Parents have the right to accept the IEP Team Meeting proposal
Parents have the right to have their concerns and vision included in the IEP Team Meeting and Discussions
Parents have the right to an interpreter and to have all important documents translated into their native language
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act or IDEA created six foundations for Education.
1. Students and Parents have a Right to participate IEP meeting and decisions.
2. Your child has a Right to Appropriate Evaluations
3. A Child has a Right to a Free and Appropriate Public Education
4. Your Child has a Right to be educated in the Least Restrictive Environment
5. A Child with a disability may have a Right to an Individualized Education Program
6. There are Procedural Safeguards to protect parents and your child’s rights
A Parent Advocate can help you navigate the school system for your child’s education.
- Do you have a child with a disability? Are they receiving the services that they need to learn in school?
- Do you suspect that your child may have a disability or trouble learning and you don’t know what to do?
- Do you need help navigating the school system in order to get services for your child?
- Are you confused about the difference between a 504 and an IEP?
- Do you need help getting your child transitional services and planning for after they leave school?
- Is your child being disciplined or even kicked out of school for behavior that is related to his or her disability?
- Is your child being taught in a way that they can learn?
- Are they thriving at school?
I am a Parent Advocate and a Education Attorney. Contact me to see if I can help you.