Special education advocacy (IEP)
This section provides information about the Individualized Education Program (IEP).
Each public school child who receives special education and related services must have an Individualized Education Program. A federal law called the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires that public schools create an IEP for every child receiving special education services. The IEP is meant to address each child’s unique learning issues and include specific educational goals. The IEP is a legally binding document. The school must provide everything it promises in the IEP. Each IEP must be designed for one student and must be a truly individualized document.
The IEP creates an opportunity for teachers, parents, school administrators, related services personnel and students (when appropriate) to work together to improve educational results for children with disabilities. The IEP is the cornerstone of a quality education for each child with a disability.