Develop An IEP That Works For Your Child

No two children have exactly the same educational needs, and this is especially true for children living with a disability affecting their capacity to learn or participate in class. That's why the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004, also known as IDEA, specifically requires that children who qualify for special education get an Individualized Education Program, or IEP, tailored to their unique needs and abilities.

No one person can write an IEP alone — it requires input from the student, parents, general and special education teachers, a school district representative, evaluation team members, and others. With all these voices discussing your child's needs, it's possible that disagreements will arise about the best ways to advance your child's education. The Law Office of Raegan M. King, LLC, based in Atlanta, will help you assert your parental rights and get the IEP your child deserves.

Make The Most Of Your IEP Meeting

The first step in the IEP process is to determine whether your son or daughter is eligible for an IEP. Georgia's Department of Education lists a number of qualifying categories, ranging from learning disabilities to impaired hearing or vision to autism, among others.

If your child qualifies for special needs education, an IEP meeting will be held. In that meeting, school leaders will work with parents to write an IEP that addresses subjects, including, but not limited to:

  • The student's current performance: For reference in evaluating the IEP's effectiveness later on.
  • Annual goals: These goals can address academic, social, behavioral or physical needs, and they must be measurable.
  • Special education services: Exactly which services and aids will be provided instead of or in addition to the standard curriculum.
  • Participation with nondisabled children: How much time your child will spend in regular class and other school activities.
  • Transition services: Creating a plan that prepares your child for life after school.

Every one of these subjects is important to your child's success. To make sure you get this document right, you may want to hire a lawyer.

Get The IEP Your Child Needs With A Lawyer's Help

There's no need to feel lost when developing an IEP. As an experienced education law attorney, I can help you translate your child's needs into the legal language needed to ensure your child receives a free and appropriate education. To schedule a free consultation, contact me online, or call 678-217-5555.