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I want to know my IEP rights.

Does your child have an IEP, but things just aren’t going well? It happens.

The IEP process is complex and cumbersome. But, I’m here to break it down and explain it in terms you can understand.

I even have a free 5-step course for troubleshooting your child’s IEP.

Or, here you can find an explanation of IEP Procedural Safeguards, your Parents Rights.



If you don’t want to do a course right now, but want advice, here you go. Or you can search for your specific answer.



{School Retaliation Against Parents} Here’s what you can do.
Special Education

{School Retaliation Against Parents} Here’s what you can do.

By October 17, 2019 0
The school called CPS on me! Sometimes I hear the stories and think “How, how did we get here?” And,
Can a Parent Refuse Special Education Services? What happens next?
Special Education

Can a Parent Refuse Special Education Services? What happens next?

By January 20, 2020 0
It doesn’t happen as often as it used to, but this Special Education Stigma scenario still happens. It goes
IEP Laws and Regulations for all 50 States | Spreadsheet with Links
Special Education

IEP Laws and Regulations for all 50 States | Spreadsheet with Links

By September 13, 2020 0
IDEA: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Several years ago, I was at a fundraiser. It was for an agency that
Should you represent yourself in Due Process? 6 Tips from a Hearing Officer.
Special Education

Should you represent yourself in Due Process? 6 Tips from a Hearing Officer.

By February 27, 2019 0
Should you go to Due Process without a lawyer? We’d do anything for our kids. Anything. And since some
Manifestation Determination Meeting | What It Is | How to Prepare | Examples
Special Education

Manifestation Determination Meeting | What It Is | How to Prepare | Examples

By November 2, 2020 0
Manifestation Determination Speaking to you as a parent, I hope that you never have to know what a Manifestation Determination
When your Charter School Rejects your Child based upon their IEP Needs.
Special Education

When your Charter School Rejects your Child based upon their IEP Needs.

By January 6, 2020 0
Charter Schools and IEPs-Special Education Charter Schools and IEPs or Special Education is a very misunderstood concept, even though the
Restraint and Seclusion of Special Education Students: Essential Resource Guide for Parents.
Special Education

Restraint and Seclusion of Special Education Students: Essential Resource Guide for Parents.

By October 27, 2019 0
Restraint and Seclusion in Schools “Every child deserves to be treated with dignity, be free from abuse, and treated as
How to Prevent your School from Removing IEP Supports and Services.
Special Education

How to Prevent your School from Removing IEP Supports and Services.

By November 4, 2019 0
Can the School Remove Supports and Services from the IEP? This is probably the number one reason that parents dread
Can a School Suspend a Student with an IEP? | 5 action steps, with or without an IEP/504
Don’t IEP Alone

Can a School Suspend a Student with an IEP? | 5 action steps, with or without an IEP/504

By December 14, 2020 0
Can you Suspend a Student with an IEP? It happened again. You were at work, in the middle of…working.
{Special Education Due Process} 11 Critical Points to consider before filing.
Special Education

{Special Education Due Process} 11 Critical Points to consider before filing.

By February 4, 2019 0
Should I file for Special Education Due Process? Special Education Due Process is one of a parent’s rights in
What to do if your School or Teacher is Violating the 504 Plan | 8 Action Items for Parents
Section 504 Plans

What to do if your School or Teacher is Violating the 504 Plan | 8 Action Items for Parents

By January 10, 2020 0
Not Following 504 Plan Ok, your child has a 504 Plan. You provided the necessary documentation and they drew it up. You
What to Do When your Child Keeps Getting Sent Home from School.
Special Education

What to Do When your Child Keeps Getting Sent Home from School.

By October 27, 2019 0
My son keeps getting sent home from school! We all know the feeling. Your phone rings. You look. It’s
IDEA Procedural Safeguards | The IEP Parents’ Rights Document that most Parents never read.
Don’t IEP Alone

IDEA Procedural Safeguards | The IEP Parents’ Rights Document that most Parents never read.

By March 6, 2020 0
Special Education Procedural Safeguards Ok, finger-wagging time. Because I know that a very large percentage of parents are not
Understanding the Emotional Disturbance IEP Category | Criteria | Accommodations | Strategies
Don’t IEP Alone

Understanding the Emotional Disturbance IEP Category | Criteria | Accommodations | Strategies

By October 7, 2020 0
Emotional Disturbance Emotional Disturbance Category on an IEP is one of the most misunderstood categories. In my professional opinion, it
Yes, your child with an IEP can go on the field trip.
Special Education

Yes, your child with an IEP can go on the field trip.

By October 1, 2019 15
Excluding Students from Field Trips Imagine this–your school is planning a field trip. But, they call you and say “
What to Do when your School or Teacher is not following the IEP.
Special Education

What to Do when your School or Teacher is not following the IEP.

By September 19, 2019 0
My school is not following the IEP! It’s a common parent complaint. Your school, teacher or IEP team is
Special Education

Do Private Schools have to provide IEPs or Special Education?

By October 3, 2019 0
Private Schools and IEPs This topic makes me sad. Because it’s so super deflating for parents. Many times, attending
You might want to add this to your child’s IEP. It could prevent suspensions.
Don’t IEP Alone

You might want to add this to your child’s IEP. It could prevent suspensions.

By June 24, 2018 0
Important items that must be on your child’s IEP. “I got a call to pick up my daughter today
IEP Unilateral Placement | What is it? How do I do it?
Special Education

IEP Unilateral Placement | What is it? How do I do it?

By March 4, 2020 0
IEP Unilateral Placements One of the greatest IDEA misunderstandings among parents is the concept of Unilateral Placements. There is a
Does my child have to ride the Special Ed Bus to get Transportation on our IEP/504?
Don’t IEP Alone

Does my child have to ride the Special Ed Bus to get Transportation on our IEP/504?

By October 5, 2020 0
Special Education Transportation “It’s the bus. It’s always the bus!” My former supervisor used to say that so
Understanding IEP Eligibility | A Guide for Parents | Flowchart
Special Education

Understanding IEP Eligibility | A Guide for Parents | Flowchart

By February 26, 2020 0
IEP Eligibility Your child has an IEP. Or they do not. Perhaps they were found ineligible. Maybe you were offered
PWN in Special Education: The little known game-changer in the IEP process.
Don’t IEP Alone

PWN in Special Education: The little known game-changer in the IEP process.

By June 1, 2019 0
Prior Written Notice-PWN How many times have you heard phrases like these, at IEP meetings, when you’ve suggested something?
How to Prevent and Get Out of Truancy Charges | IEP | 504
Don’t IEP Alone

How to Prevent and Get Out of Truancy Charges | IEP | 504

By October 25, 2020 0
School Truancy I looked at the mom/client sitting next to me in at truancy court, and gave her hand
Why IEP Parents Should Never Agree to the “Let’s just Wait and See.”
Want Better IEP Meetings?

Why IEP Parents Should Never Agree to the “Let’s just Wait and See.”

By January 21, 2020 0
Let’s Just Wait and See. I’d be willing to be my house and my car that 99% of all
Can a Parent Record an IEP Meeting? | Recording Laws for 50 States
Want Better IEP Meetings?

Can a Parent Record an IEP Meeting? | Recording Laws for 50 States

By April 29, 2020 3
Recording School IEP Meetings Can you (audio) record your IEP meeting? It’s a question that I’ve seen parents
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