Help with IEP

Help with IEP

Parents usually need help with IEP planning and review, even if they’re not new to the process. As a parent, while you may not be an expert in the individualized education program process, you still know your child best. You can team up with another education professional to work on the IEP so that you’re properly prepared for your meetings with the school. Parent involvement in IEP process proceedings is a crucial component that helps ensure your child gets the best education available to them.

Completing the IEP process isn’t something that you have to do alone. It’s usually best to work with a professional so that you’re more in touch with the importance of IEP for your child, see IEP examples, and have someone who is acclimated to the IEP laws and regulations. IEP Answers provides a connection point where you can link up with an educational provider in your area that is qualified to review your IEP. We provide help with IEP reviews for parents so that you can be better equipped for the meetings and processes.

You may be asking yourself, what qualifies a child for an IEP? A medical diagnosis from a doctor outside of school may not be enough to qualify the child for an IEP.  Usually, the IDEA – Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, a child would need to be found eligible as a “child with disability”. Generally speaking, the child’s disability needs to be adversely impact the educational progress of the child.

As of the writing of this article, in order to qualify for an IEP, the law requires that a child must meet at least one of thirteen educational disability classifications under IDEA.   These include:

  • Autism
  • Developmental Delay
  • Deaf Blind
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Hearing Impairment
  • Specific Learning Disability
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Orthopedic Impairment
  • Other Health Impairment
  • Speech and/or Language Impairment
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Visual Impairment including Blindness
  • Preschool Speech Delay

It’s important to note, however, that even if your child does not specifically qualify for an IEP, the school should also consider whether they qualify for accommodations under the Section 504 of Rehabilitation Act (Section 504). Similar to IEP, a medical diagnosis might not be sufficient to quality, but rather the student would have to have “a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities”.

If you have additional questions about IEP and 504, please reach out to us so we can determine if you qualify for a review from one of our specialists so we can get you the help with IEP you need.

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