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Solution Name:​​ Meeting the Needs for My Child-IEP​​ 


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The​​ federal law called the​​ Individuals with Disabilities Education Act​​ or IDEA, children with disabilities are entitled to a “free appropriate public education” (often called FAPE). This means that schools must provide eligible children who have a disability with specially designed instruction to meet their unique needs at no cost to the children’s parents. This specially designed instruction is known as special education. IDEA includes a great deal of information to help states design special education programs for children with disabilities. IDEA also includes regulations to protect the rights of parents and children.

What is in the IEP?

In each state or school district the IEP form can look different. Under IDEA, the items below must be in every IEP.

The​​ child’s present levels of academic achievement and functional​​ performance.

Annual goals for your​​ child.

How child’s progress will be measured

The special education, related services, and supplementary aids and services that will be provided to (or on behalf of)​​ the​​ child, including program modifications or supports for school​​ staff.

An explanation of the extent (if any) to which​​ the​​ child will not participate with children without disabilities in the regular class and in school​​ activities.

Any modifications your child will need when taking state or district-wide​​ assessments.

The dates when services will begin and end, the amount of services, as well as how often and where they will take​​ place.

How and when you will be informed of child’s​​ progress.

By age 16 (or younger, if the IEP team so decides), postsecondary goals and the transition services (including courses of study) that​​ the​​ child will need to reach those​​ goals.

Beginning at least one year before​​ the​​ child reaches the age of adulthood (usually 18-21, depending on your state law), the IEP must include a statement that​​ the child has been informed of any rights that will transfer to him or her upon reaching this age. Reaching the age of adulthood is called the “age of majority” in IDEA. Not all states transfer rights upon reaching adulthood. Refer to your state’s special education regulations to find out how this issue is handled.


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