As parents, teachers, and students, you talk about Individualized Education Programs, or IEPs, all the time. Why, then, do they still cause so much confusion, or overwhelm—as our community indicated in a recent survey. IEP Headquarters intends to change that. First stop: Check out “Your IEP Roadmap,” a visual guide to the IEP process.
What does the road to the IEP look like, and what are alternative paths? Our new infographic, “Your IEP Roadmap,” clears up confusion about what to do first, now, or next.> Infographic: The IEP Process
> Top 10 Things to Know About IEPs
> Five Misconceptions: The IEP Process
> 10 IEP Tips from a Parent Pro
Now that you have the IEP, how do you read it? Understanding what IEP acronyms and terminology mean helps get everyone speaking the same language.> Read IEP Acronyms and Language
> What Is “PLAAFP,” or “PLOP”?
> Accommodations to Include in an IEP
> IEP Checklist: Is Anything Missing?
How do you know if a student is eligible for an IEP, and what should you do if a child isn’t eligible? Check out “Your IEP Roadmap” and the info below.> My Child Has LD. Is He Eligible?
> What’s the Law? Determining Eligibility
> Video: My Child Isn’t Eligible. Now What?
> What’s the Cut-Off Age for IEPs?
How involved should parents be in their child’s IEP? The answer is...very! Learn why and how to stay on top of your child’s Individualized Education Program.> Video: How Involved Should I Be in My Child’s IEP?
> Read the IEP or Risk a Broken-Down Chevy
> Tips for Keeping an IEP Current
> Progress Monitoring: What It Means
What should you consider and do before, during and after an IEP meeting? Feel more at ease and able to participate by exploring these tips for a successful IEP meeting.> Video: IEP Meeting Simulation
> IEP Meeting Conversation Stoppers
> Checklist: The IEP Meeting Planner
> Four Signs the IEP Is Working
> One Parent’s Dream IEP Team
> Sample Letter: IEP Team Member Excusal
> Three Little Words: “Prior Written Notice”
Have you checked out our Parent Guide to IDEA? Chapter 7 details the contents of an IEP and your rights as a parent when developing your child’s IEP. Don’t miss it.> Do I Have to Sign My Child’s IEP?
> Can I Request Changes to an IEP?
> Benefits of Standards-Based IEPs
> Can I Transfer an IEP to a New School?
When a high school student participates in IEP meetings, he hones self-advocacy skills—skills critical for assuming more control over the direction of his future.> I Got My IEP in High School
> On Supporting My Teen’s First IEP
> A Teacher’s Voice: IEPs and My Teenage Students
> Technology Puts Teens in Charge
What is a 504 plan, how does eligibility for a 504 plan work, and why might it be a good option if a student is not eligible for an IEP? Learn what a 504 plan is in this video.> Is a 504 Plan Right for My Child?
> Five Things to Know About 504 Plans
> Section 504/IDEA Comparison Chart
> Checklist: Transition to College (No IEPs There!)
> What Is FAPE, and What Can It Mean to My Child?