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By Candace Cortiella, The Advocacy Institute
The development of a student's IEP has always been guided by the consideration of several important factors. These are:
PARENT TIP: Provide a written statement to the IEP team of your concerns about your child's academic, developmental, and functional needs.
A WORD ABOUT IEP FORMS: Most states and/or local school districts have developed IEP forms to help facilitate the process. These forms must contain all of the elements required by the IDEA and may also contain additional state and/or district level elements. Forms can limit flexibility and impede individualization - above all, the IEP must be tailored to the student's unique educational needs.
There are several "special factors" that must also be considered when developing the IEP. While none of these factors are new additions, changes in wording have occurred.
PARENT TIP: IEP teams must now consider whether your child needs assistive technology, instead of whether your child requires assistive technology - a change that creates a more expansive opportunity. Use of technology can facilitate access to the general education curriculum by allowing students with LD to bypass basic skills deficits.
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