Developing An Appropriate Individualized Education Plan

by Linda DeFrancesco, B.S. Sp. Educ. The Individualized Education Plan (IEP) is an extremely valuable tool for describing the components of a child’s special education program and for keeping track of progress. A carefully designed IEP is a team effort between the school’s  resources and the family that focuses on and clarifies what should take place in the classroom. A poorly written IEP can lead to vagueness in programming and a lack of accountability.  The parents’ role in the design and implementation of the IEP is extremely important. Educate yourself about the law in your state Special education is federally mandated by a law entitled the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).  Each state interprets the law differently.  Information about rights and responsibilities is available from your state department of education. Prepare for the IEP Meeting IEP meetings must be held on an annual basis, but can be called by either the parents or the school at any time. Preparation…