Understanding the IEP Process

The IEP process can range from an easy conversation with your school to a complicated mess. This section hopes to clarify the process so that as a parent, you can work collaboratively with your school and ensure that your child receives the most appropriate services.

An IEP is defined as a written plan defining the program that is designed to meet the unique needs of one child. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires public school districts to develop an individualized plan for every child who qualifies as having one of the identified thirteen disabilities identified by IDEA as a qualifying condition for special education.

There are five important steps to the IEP process that every parent should understand.  

1. Referral for a Special Education Evaluation

2. The Evaluation

3. Determining Eligibility

4. Writing the Individual Education Program

5. The IEP Meeting

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