An Individualized Education Program (IEP) as defined by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 1997 (IDEA'97), is your child's roadmap through the public education system. The IEP is created specifically for YOUR child, and will guide his or her curriculum, education strategies, and supplemental services (occupational, physical, speech, music therapy etc.). If your child qualifies for special education, this document is critical to his or her success.
The IEP is re-defined annually during meetings with your child's educational "team" - teachers, therapists, school administration representatives and, most importantly, YOU. You know your child better than anyone else on the team, and will be his or her best advocate for securing the programs and services that will help your child achieve success at every grade level. The IEP process is not always easy, and in fact, can be a very frustrating experience for parents. The articles and links below will provide an overview of the IEP process and resources to help you make decisions with regard to you child's IEP in general, and in regard to important transition periods in your child's school career as well as when requesting special services such as assistive technology to help your child access the curriculum.