Independent Education Plan (IEP) meetings are often difficult to navigate through, but proper planning can make it much easier to discuss your needs and negotiate your terms. An effective IEP will be a huge help to your autistic child.
Learn from Shannon Penrod of Autism Live as she offers advice on preparing for and negotiating through an IEP meeting.
What We Learned from this Video:
- Before going into the IEP meeting, write a letter to the school outlining what is important to you and what you need to have on the IEP before you sign it.
- The school will give a pre-arranged counter-offer of free and appropriate education (FAPE). You can disagree and try to negotiate for what you think FAPE should entail.
- Pre-writing your letter ensures that you will not forget to discuss anything important to you.
- Do not make arguments for what is “best” for your child, as the school is only required to provide what is “appropriate.” Be sure to use the correct wording.
- Request a tape recorder to have a record of the meeting.