Special Education Help
The IEP (Individualized Education Program) meeting is one of the most important parts of the special education process. In this meeting, school staff and parents come together to discuss, develop, and review a student’s IEP. They make sure the IEP meets the student’s needs. There are rules for IEP meetings. They cover who must attend and what happens.
The IEP is a legal document that is developed by your child’s educational team based on the decisions made at the IEP meeting. It documents the services needed to meet a child’s individual learning needs and describes how and where these services will be delivered.1 The plan will present information about your child’s present level of educational performance and will include specific, measurable annual goals your child is expected to accomplish within the year. It will also include short-term objectives to be achieved at various points during the year on the way to making progress toward the annual goals.
Your child’s school is required to provide each of the services and modifications or accommodations outlined in the IEP plan.
Once the IEP is written, the IEP team will meet at least once a year to review progress and determine if adjustments need to be made, though it often helps to meet more frequently to review and revise the plan depending on the child’s progress.
A 504 plan is a blueprint for how the school will support a student with a disability and remove barriers to learning. The goal is to give the student equal access at school.
504 plans are formal plans that schools develop to give kids with disabilities the support they need. That covers any condition that limits daily activities in a major way.
These plans prevent discrimination. And they protect the rights of kids with disabilities in school. They’re covered under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act . This is a civil rights law.
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