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Mason, Christine Y.; McGahee-Kovac, Marcy; Johnson, Lora – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2004
This article describes a process to encourage student-led Individualized Education Program (IEP) meetings and student ownership for their own education. Sections address preparing for the IEP meeting and research results on students' involvement. Insets summarize three levels of student involvement, relevant sections of the Individuals with…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Compliance (Legal), Disabilities, Educational Legislation
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Menlove, Ronda R.; Hudson, Pamela J.; Suter, Donna – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2001
This article discusses strategies for increasing general education teacher participation in Individualized Education Program (IEP) development, in the following areas: team connection issues, time issues, preparation issues, training issues, and IEP relevance issues. A sample IEP meeting agenda is provided, along with results from an IEP…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Elementary Secondary Education, Individualized Education Programs, Professional Training
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Wood, Wendy M.; Karvonen, Meagan; Test, David W.; Browder, Diane; Algozzine, Bob – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2004
This article explores ways to include self-determination and self-advocacy goals and objectives in individualized education programs (IEPs). It identifies self-determination goals and offers guidelines on selection and writing of self-determination goals. Insets and tables include a review of the literature, definitions of self-determination…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Elementary Secondary Education, Individualized Education Programs, Personal Autonomy
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Walsh, James M. – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2001
This article describes a Maryland staff development program that guides educators through an improved Individualized Education Program (IEP) process that provides a better alignment of IEP goals with general education curricular outcomes. The program's components and the teachers' response to the program during the 1999-2000 year are discussed.…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Access to Education, Curriculum, Disabilities
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Dabkowski, Diane Marie – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2004
This idea offers tools and suggested processes to encourage parent participation in (IEP) Individualized Education Program team meetings. It considers aspects of team culture using three examples to illustrate how the meeting environment, culture, and language can discourage parent participation. Suggestions for changing team practices follow.…
Descriptors: Cultural Influences, Disabilities, Elementary Secondary Education, Individualized Education Programs
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Zirkel, Perry A. – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2009
In November 2008, Congress passed, and the President signed, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Amendments (ADAA), with an effective date of January 1, 2009. While other issues, such as the national economic crisis, dominated public attention at the time, the ADAA unobtrusively connected to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973…
Descriptors: Compliance (Legal), Individualized Education Programs, Elementary Secondary Education, Eligibility
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Parette, Phil; McMahan, Gale A. – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2002
Presented in a question-and-answer format, this article examines family concerns, goals, and expectations related to students' use of assistive technology. A chart shows possible goals, potential positive outcomes, potential negative outcomes, and possible responses of the Individualized Education Program (IEP) team. Four case studies illustrate…
Descriptors: Assistive Technology, Case Studies, Cultural Differences, Cultural Influences
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Lignugaris/Kraft, Benjamin; Marchand-Martella, Nancy; Martella, Ronald C. – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2001
This article provides strategies for writing precise goals and short-term objectives or benchmarks as part of individualized education programs (IEPs). Guidelines and examples address: definitions, reasons for clarity and precision, individual parts of goals and objectives, inclusion of time factors in objectives and benchmarks, number of…
Descriptors: Benchmarking, Disabilities, Elementary Secondary Education, Guidelines
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Rock, Marcia L. – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2000
This article discusses methods for more fully including parents in the development of a child's individualized education program (IEP). It summarizes what the law and research say about parental participation and decision making, identifies barriers to such participation, and offers suggestions to teachers to facilitate meaningful parental…
Descriptors: Decision Making, Disabilities, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Secondary Education
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Clark, Susan G. – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2000
This article describes how successful collaborative planning for students' full or partial involvement in all aspects of the general curriculum through the Individualized Education Program (IEP) can ensure that students with disabilities have meaningful participation in the life of the school community. Indicators of effective collaboration are…
Descriptors: Access to Education, Curriculum, Disabilities, Elementary Secondary Education
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Lytle, Rebecca K.; Bordin, Judith – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2001
This article discusses practical strategies to assist parents in becoming a more inclusive part of the Individualized Education Program process. Characteristics of effective teams are provided, and strategies are listed for providing social support, increasing distinctiveness, ensuring fairness, providing a sense of similarity, and for enhancing…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Elementary Secondary Education, Family Involvement, Individualized Education Programs
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Lamorey, Suzanne – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2002
This article provides a case study of monocultural personnel preparation, discusses various cultural beliefs about disability, and examines the effect of the dualities and dichotomies of parent/professional beliefs about childhood disabilities. In addition, it discusses intervention concerns in developing countries such as Turkey, Ecuador, and…
Descriptors: Attitudes toward Disabilities, Beliefs, Case Studies, Cultural Awareness
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Kroeger, Stephen D.; Leibold, Cynthia K.; Ryan, Betsy – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 1999
Discusses strategies for encouraging student participation in the development of an Individualized Education Program for a child with a disability. Outlines the significant steps in the process including developing a vision, prioritizing learning needs, collaborative problem solving, setting goals, and planning the intervention. (CR)
Descriptors: Disabilities, Educational Planning, Elementary Secondary Education, Individualized Education Programs
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Trollinger, Gayle; Slavkin, Rachel – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 1999
Describes the benefits of technology in special education and the use of electronic mail as an instructional strategy. Highlights the use of electronic mail by a student with Down syndrome to learn communication, reading, and written expression skills. Recommendations for using technology in the classroom are provided. (CR)
Descriptors: Appropriate Technology, Computer Uses in Education, Disabilities, Downs Syndrome
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Johnston, Susan D.; And Others – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 1995
This article describes the Laptop Computer Initiative (LCI), a program in a Delaware school district to enhance referral-to-placement practices and to develop individualized education programs for special education students. The six steps in the program's development are recounted and positive results of the LCI, such as increased staff efficiency…
Descriptors: Computer Uses in Education, Decision Making, Disabilities, Elementary Secondary Education