Resources for Families and Students about Individualized Education Programs, IEPs (Progress Center: Promoting Progress for Students with Disabilities)
Family participation is an essential feature of the development and implementation of high-quality educational programming for students with disabilities. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) mandates that families, and students when appropriate, participate in the development, monitoring, and the implementation of individualized education program (IEP). Although this participation is a legal requirement, collaborative partnerships between families and school personnel also support students’ learning and positive behavior. Families and, in many cases, students themselves can provide important insight into the student’s specific needs, act as advocates, and support successful transitions to postsecondary education or employment. In addition, families can provide opportunities for learning at home, establish connections with community supports, and contribute to effective collaboration with a range of professionals.
This section highlights some resources that families and students can use to support the development and implementation of high-quality educational programs for students with disabilities.