facebook
Dec 26, 2018
27 Views

Special Education Model Forms – How You Can Use Them to Benefit Your Child’s Education

Written by

Are you a parent of a child with autism or a learning disability receiving special

education services? Did you know that the Individuals with

Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) required the Office of Special

Education Programs to develop 3 model forms? Would you like to

know what they are, and how they can help your child? This article

will discuss the three model forms, and how you can use them in

advocacy to help your child’s education.

The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) which is under the

Department of Education was responsible for developing the forms.

These forms may be downloaded at http://idea.ed.gov. Click

Part B, then in the lower left hand side box, click model forms. The

three forms are:

Form 1: Individualized Education Program (IEP) form. This form is

four pages long, and has all of the required elements that must be

included in your child’s IEP. You can use this to help your child, by

downloading the form, and filling it in with the things that you think

your child needs. Bring the form with you to the meeting, and use

the filled out form to ask for services that your child needs.

Form 2: Prior Written Notice form. IDEA requires written notice

whenever the school district proposes to begin or change the

identification, evaluation, or placement of your child or the

provision of a free appropriate public education (FAPE), or refuses

to begin or change theidentification, evaluation, or placement of your

child, or the provision of a free appropriate public education. The

Prior Written Notice form is two pages long, and has all of the

required elements of PWN. You can use this to help your child, by

downloading the form and filling it in. Take the filled in form to an

IEP meeting,and discuss with disability educators all required parts

of PWN.

Form 3: Procedural Safeguards form. Procedural safeguards are rights

of parents that have a child with a disability, given to them by IDEA.

Some of these safeguards are: PWN, informed parental consent for

psychological evaluations, parent participation in meetings, right to

an independent educational evaluation (IEE), if you disagree with

school personnel’s evaluation. You can use this to help your child by

reading and/or downloading the form at the address above. You can use

this to educate yourself about parent rights, so that you can

effectively advocate for your child.

By having access to the three model forms, you can be an active

participant in your child’s education. School personnel may

be surprised when you bring in your own form to an IEP meeting. By

having things written down, it will make it easier for you to bring up

important issues for your child, at the meeting.


Source by JoAnn Collins

Article Tags:
· · · · · ·
Article Categories:
Blog

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *