I don't see the point of attending IEP/504 meetings. I barely get a chance to talk and when I do, I'm ignored. How can I get the school to listen to me?
What You Can Do
Always remember that as a parent you are an essential member of your child's IEP/504 team. While the school is not required to implement every request you have, they are required to listen and consider your input. One of the best ways to become an active member of the team is to ask questions. After you ask a question, listen and analyze the answer. Ask follow-up questions. If you are nervous about talking in the meeting, type up your concerns an ahead of time and distribute the document at the start of the meeting. If after the meeting you still feel ignored, send the team a follow-up letter documenting any remaining requests, questions, or suggestions.
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