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IEP Meeting


Never go alone, always tape record, never sign IEP at first meeting.

The Individualized Education Program, also called the IEP, is a document that is developed for each public school child who needs special education. The IEP is created through a team effort, but it can be overwhelming for parents, especially if the school isn't operating in your child's best interest. Learn your rights, bring someone along, preferably a lawyer or educational advocate, but a spouse or friend can provide another set of ears.

When you request the IEP meeting in writing, include that you will be recording the meeting. Most smartphones record now, so don't forget your phone charger. You must notify in writing guest names you are bringing to the IEP. Check your school district policy on length of time required for recording request and guest list.

Never sign the IEP at the first meeting. You have the right to take home a copy and review it, so don't get pressured into signing before you are ready. Remember, the IEP is an offer, and you have the right to refuse it.

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