TIP: Purpose of IEPs

April 10, 2012

The purpose of the Individualized Education Program [IEP] is “to ensure that all children with disabilities have available to them a free appropriate education [FAPE] that emphasizes special education and related services designed to meet their unique needs and prepare them for further education, employment and independent living.” [20 U.S.C. 1400 (d) (1) (A)]

If anything in your IEP does not prepare your child for college, job/career

and living on his/her own, bring it to the attention of the IEP team and make appropriate adjustments. Remember that your IEP is a contract between you and the Department of Education. As such, it’s a legally enforceable document.

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