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Three-Ring Binders for IEP Organization

By May 3, 2010

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BinderI asked you where you keep your child's IEPs, and quite a few respondents so far have declared three-ring binders to be their storage mode of choice. Reader Jane V. went into some detail as to how she organizes all her child's important paperwork, and mentions another helpful tool for sorting and sharing services:

"I have a 3-ring binder with dividers. The front section is all medical. The following section has the previous schooling info. and testing. The last has the current school year info. All the IEP papers have a colored clip on them so I can find them in a snap. When I have to rotate, I take out the earliest year and put it in a file cabinet. The best thing I have invested in is a business card holder. I keep our general family cards in the front (dr., dentist, vet., car repair, etc.) Then each of us has a section. It has been so incredibly helpful when filling out the multiple forms for EVERYTHING plus if I meet someone who has a need for their child that someone I take my sons go to, I have that information in my purse and can find and share easily."

Do you have some organizational secrets you'd like to share? Tell your IEP tricks on the Readers Respond page for that topic, and give the details of other organizational strategies on a special Show and Tell page.

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