In an effort to address some of these problems, the IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act), which ensures educational opportunity for students with disabilities, requires that the following participants be involved in the IEP meeting:

* The student, if appropriate

* A parent (and, if desired, the family)

* At least one of the student’s special education teachers or, if appropriate, related services providers

* At least one of the student’s regular education teachers

* A local educational agency representative

* Other agency personnel who have knowledge or expertise required to best serve the student’s needs.

With this shared responsibility, it is more likely that both the regular and special education daily programming will concentrate on the identified goals of the IEP.

It is hoped that the expanded knowledge and awareness of the involved professionals and a more complete view of their services and expertise will result.

IEP When professionals understand the necessity for the IEP and the opportunity it provides for collaboration, dynamic planning, and successful implementation, the lawful intent of specially designed instruction will be fulfilled”. (ERIC identifier ED 449636 2000-12-00)

Parents have often told me that their child, who already has so many difficulties, is the only one held accountable if the goals and objective are not achieved.  Yet, the truth is, all the team members need to share in the responsibility for your child’s success.

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Pat Wyman

About the author:

Pat Wyman is a best selling author, university instructor and and founder of

Her book, Successful IEP’s provides strategies to help parents and teachers understand the IEP Process and help every child achieve success. As a parent, former school administrator and reading specialist she has a unique and very full perspective of the process and implementation to help your child succeed on an IEP.


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