Each public school child who receives special education and related services must have an Individualized Education Program (IEP). The IEP creates an opportunity for teachers, parents, school administrators, related services personnel, and students (when appropriate) to work together to improve educational results for children with disabilities. This section includes articles about how to create a useful IEP, understanding the IEP process, and the importance of good communication.
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Write letters to your school that will communicate well. The school system really wants to help your child get the best possible education. This publication shows how to tell them what they need to know. Find model letters to request an initial evaluation for special education services, to review your child's records, to meet to discuss your IEP, and more.
Learn to help write your own IEP. This guide will show you how to develop an IEP, how to prepare for the meeting, and how to participate. Learn how to organize the meeting and invite people. Take charge of your own education.
Parents are often the best educational advocates for their children, especially children with a learning disability. The Coordinated Campaign for Learning Disabilities (CCLD) has developed the following tips to help parents champion their child.