An Individualized Education Plan (IEP) should not only meet compliance procedures as outlined in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) but should also allow a child to receive educational benefits and make progress. Progress should be meaningful and not a mere trivial advancement. Annual reviews and discussions of needs and progress are held during IEP meetings. Unfortunately, these meetings are often the source of great apprehension and confusion for parents. The assumption that parents, regardless of their education or socio-economic status, can successfully navigate this arena by reviewing handouts or watching videos is faulty.
Our non-attorney, special education FAM-vocates ensure that parents not only understand their rights but also who team participants are, what information is considered, the resources available to them, and the impact of their child’s specific needs on decisions made about education and support services, including appropriate outcome measures.
Meaningful progress is the driver for positive post-secondary outcomes.
Our advocacy services may include:
IEP/record reviews & support at meetings
Review of assessments and progress monitoring data
Forums on topics relevant to issues faced by Black parents and caregivers of children who need special education services