ERIC Number: EJ837209
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar
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Everybody Wins: How to Be an Effective Member of Your Child's IEP Team
Hackett, Pamela G.
Exceptional Parent, v39 n3 p30-32 Mar 2009
Too often, parents of children with disabilities come with negative expectations about the intentions of the teachers and administrators who are proposing an education plan for their son or daughter. In preparation, they arm themselves with advocates, lawyers, and a myriad of outside evaluations in preparation for the "battle" ahead. In today's world of shrinking budgets, increasing demand for services, and a shortage of qualified pediatric specialists, the current climate of opposition between parents and individualized education program (IEP) teams is creating a lose-lose situation for everyone except attorneys, who may profit from special education litigation. On a global scale, this results in less and less special education dollars available to help students as school districts pour hundreds of thousands of dollars into defending against due process lawsuits. The majority of families and students, who are not involved in the litigation, are left with far less resources available to meet their own special education needs. Alternatively, when families and IEP teams work collaboratively, the possibilities for programming and potential are limitless and valuable special education dollars go to the kids, where they belong. The key to being a highly effective advocate for one's child is to use the special education process to build positive, respect-based relationships with the individuals working with the child. As parents prepare for the spring IEP season, this article offers assistance on making the IEP process as effective as possible.
Descriptors: Individualized Education Programs, Disabilities, Parents, Court Litigation, Lawyers, Individualized Instruction, Special Education, Negative Attitudes, School Districts, Teacher Administrator Relationship, Evaluation, Federal Legislation, Child Advocacy
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act; Rehabilitation Act 1973 (Section 504)