American Disabilities Act
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IEP vs 504 Plan
Illinois Dept of Public Aid
Indiv. Educ. Plan (IEP)
No Child Left Behind
Prepare for the IEP
Section 504; Rehab. Act
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Prepare for the IEP Meeting
Below are the tips I learned to
prepare for IEP meetings
throughout the year, before the meeting, on your way out your door, at the
meeting, and between meetings.
Throughout the year:
your child's teachers and providers with success strategies that
work for you at home.
you find more info out about your child or his condition, share it
with the team.
open communication with your child's teacher (I created a daily
documentation and files in an orderly and portable manner (I have
his files in a rolling briefcase which I take to every
quickly and follow through when your teacher or child expresses
Before the meeting:
Ask your child's teacher
for a draft of the educational
goals for you to review prior to the meeting,
Know your child's rights...read the "Blue
Book" before the meeting,
Jot down a list of your concerns and requests (amount
of minutes/types of therapy, transportation, modifications, etc.) also list
out your child's strengths,
Bring any documentation that may be helpful (recent medical
results, articles on your child's condition, etc.),
Ask permission ahead of time if you wish to record
(audio/video tape) the meeting.
On your way out your door...make
sure you have:
- Your child's
- Recording device if applicable,
- Picture of your child (the
school providers that aren't with your child everyday have many other
students and many IEP meetings...there's a slight possibility they
could get kids mixed up),
- Bottled water for yourself, your
advocate (if applicable) and possibly the team if you think it's going
to be a long or tough meeting.
At the Meeting:
- Arrive early and get an end seat if
possible so you can see everyone's faces clearly.
- Spread your notes out in front of you so
you're sure to mention everything, check things off as they are
discussed, also place your child's picture in front of you and mention
it's there to help you focus on who you're there for.
- Be prepared/willing to speak in your
- Stay calm and focused. It's easy
to get defensive, especially when they are reviewing your child's
weaknesses, but keep a clear and open mind.
- Remember...you have the right to ask to
end the meeting (to reconvene at a later date) if you do/can not agree
with the rest of the team's recommendations.
If you are
stumped between meetings visit our Parents and Child Rights
page and start sending e-mails to every potential advocate you can
find. It's amazing how much support is out there once you ask.