Interfacing with Schools to Help Special Needs Children

By Patricia McElroy, Ed.S., NCED, Darlyne G. Nemeth, Ph.D., M.P., & Kayla M. Chustz, B.S.
Presented at the 2019 C W Austin Learning Disability Conference February 2, 2019


What is an IEP?
• An Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) is a legal document that is developed for children, ages birth to 21.
• Each child has been evaluated by qualified examiners in areas of need such as health, social, educational, and psychological.
• Once an evaluation is completed, an IEP meeting is scheduled with the child/student’s parent or guardian and school personnel.
• If the evaluation is parent initiated, parents must request an IEP meeting in writing.

Why have an IEP meeting?
• An initial IEP meeting, which should occur within 30 calendar days of the completion of the evaluation or parents request, is convened to discuss information contained in the most current evaluation report.
• The areas highlighted in the evaluation that need to be addressed are then discussed with the parents/guardians and school personnel.

How long does an IEP last?
• IEP’s are good for one calendar year.

Can IEPs be changed before a year?
• IEP meetings can be held at the request of the teacher(s) or at the request of the parent/guardian.


What is 504?
• Section 504 refers to a 1973 Federal Act as part of a rehabilitation statute effecting people in the workplace. The areas it covers are:
    Sleeping
    Eating
    Walking
    Working
    Learning
• For years following 1973, it only pertained to the workplace. Lawyers finally included learning in the definition.
• “The 504 Plan is a plan developed to ensure that a child who has a disability identified under the law and is attending an elementary or secondary educational institution receives accommodations that will ensure their academic success and access to the learning environment.”


From Evaluation to Medication to Intervention to Accommodation,
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