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Individualized Education Programs (IEPs)

An Individualized Education Program, or IEP, determines what your child's program, services, and accommodations will be in special education. Learn more about this important document and how to make it work for your child with these helpful articles.
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Have a question about Individualized Education Plans? Find the anwers here.

Sample IEPs
Wondering what an IEP is supposed to look like? Check these samples for reference on IEP format and specific goals and accommodations.

Meet Your IEP Team
That gang of serious-looking people around the IEP planning table can be intimidating to a parent. Here's your quick guide to who they all are, and how you can be a team player, too.

What's Your IEP Advocacy Style?
It's important to fight for your child's special-education rights, but every parent has his or her own advocacy style. Find out more about yours, and learn how to sharpen your skills.

Special-Education Eligibility Categories, State by State
Find out what categories your state uses to determine whether a child is eligible for special education, and see how those compare with other states.

Parental Input on the IEP
Your child's Individualized Education Program (IEP) has a spot for you to add any information you would like to share or comments you would like to make. Don't miss the opportunity to have your say.

How to Get an IEP for Your Child
Whether you've requested an Individualized Educational Plan for your child or have been asked to consider one by school or state personnel, these are the steps you'll go through, from initial referral through provision of services and triennial reevaluation.

Before You Go to an IEP Meeting
The night and morning before an IEP meeting can be a time of tense anticipation for parents. Use that nervous energy to prepare yourself for the meeting and make sure you put your best case forward.

Before You Sign an IEP
Don't approve your child's Individualized Education Plan before you check these items.

How to Report an IEP Violation
Your child is not getting services he is legally entitled to. What are you going to do about it? Here are four steps that, in most cases, will get you to a resolution of the problem.

IEP Meeting Alert Levels
What alert level do you hit before going to your child's IEP meeting? Measure your risk of outrage and deception with this handy chart.

Five Places to Store Your IEPs
An IEP is a legal document that spells out your child's special education services, and is updated every year. Do you know what you've done with all those thick copies and letters and reports? Try one of these five storage ideas, or suggest your own.

Make Sure Your Child's Special-Education Services Carry Over
If you're expecting your child's special-education services to automatically continue from year to year without any input from you, you're taking a big chance. Here's how to make sure that the bus shows up, the paraprofessional is in place, and all those other supports don't disappear.

Extended School Year (ESY) is a helpful summer program for children in special education, but unless you can prove your child's going to regress over those months off, you may not be able to get it. You can still keep the learning going at home, though. Here are some ideas for setting up your own ESY.

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