Many students throughout the United States require certain services to help them receive a proper education and reach their maximum potential. The being said, if you are a parent of a child who requires these services, you most likely have several questions about the Individualized Education Program, whether. Continue reading and reach out to an experienced Pennsylvania special education attorney to learn more about IEPs and how our firm can help you and your child. Here are some of the questions you may have:
What is an IEP and how can it help my child?
Essentially, if your child has special needs, you will work out a plan with the school to ensure those needs are met so your child can experience “meaningful educational progress.” This plan is in a document known as an IEP. Your child’s IEP is tailored to his or her individual needs, and will include many types of information, such as the type of support your child will receive, to what extent your child will receive these services, and more.
Will my child qualify for an IEP?
For your child to qualify for an IEP under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, your child must have one of the following disabilities:
- Emotional disturbance
- Hearing impairment
- Intellectual disability
- Multiple disabilities
- Orthopedic impairment
- Other health impairment
- Specific learning disability
- Speech or language impairment
- Traumatic brain injury
- Visual impairment
As long as it is determined that your child requires modified instruction to support their learning in the classroom, there is a very good chance that your child will qualify for an IEP.
Once it is determined that your child qualifies, a team of individuals will work together to create your child’s IEP, including you, at least one of your child’s general education teachers, at least one special education teacher, an individual who can explain the evaluation results to the team, a representative of the local educational agency, and any other party who worked with your child that you, the parent, would like to be present.
What is the IEP process like in Pennsylvania?
Once you sign the Notice of Recommended Educational Placement, all those who worked on the IEP will be notified to implement the document. From here, as time goes on, the IEP will monitor how your child has progressed, and the team will review your IEP at least once per year to make modifications where needed. You, as a parent, have the right to request to meet with the IEP team and discuss any questions or concerns you may have.
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