Can I still go to college if I have an IEP Diploma?
I'm just wondering what benefits can you get having that kind of diploma what can you do with it.
I'm not sure what you mean by an IEP diploma. IEP means individualized education program. Some students on IEPs receive "regular" diplomas, while other students graduate under a modified program.
I would recommend that you take a look at your IEP. On one of the last pages there should be a section about "transition plans." Transition plans are the IEP teams goals for you after high school. Your school is legally required to help you figure out what you want to do after high school and help you get there. If you want to go to college, make sure that the IEP team knows that. You have the right to participate in IEP team meetings and give your input. If you are too intimidated to participate, your parents can represent your point of view to the IEP team.
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The traditional school year is coming to an end, but for parents advocating for their children in special education this time of year provides its own particular challenges. Here are some things all parents should be thinking about this time of year.
Consider Extended School Year Services
If your child's skills will regress during the summer months that child is entitled to be educated during the summer. This is called extended school year or ESY for short. Like free appropriate public education in general, extended school year programming still must occur in the least restrictive environment. Schools must also provide transportation if the student qualifies for transportation during the regular school year.
Schedule an Independent Evaluation
The summer is a good time to have your child seen by an independent evaluator. It can take a long time to obtain an appointment, the evaluations themselves can last for days, and then it takes a while for the evaluator to create his or her report. Read more about why evaluations are important here.
Resolve IEP Disagreements
Summer is also a good time to resolve disagreements with the school. Perhaps you partially accepted an IEP during the school year. Use the summer to resolve issues with the school, whether informally, through mediation, or at a due process hearing. A special education attorney can help you assess the strength of your case and advise you on how to proceed.
Look Ahead to September
Will your child be switching schools? Switching teachers? Perhaps your child is leaving elementary school for middle school or middle school for high school. All these changes will affect your child's education. Review your child's IEP and consider how the goals and services may be altered by any of these changes. For example, a one-on-one aide may have been appropriate for your child in elementary school, but now that your child is entering middle school he may need to learn more independence and this service may not be necessary. Another possibility is that your child's new school does not have the appropriate placement for her, and you need to begin the process of out-of-district placement.
Keep an Eye on the Future
Summer is also a great time to reflect. What went well during the past academic year? What needs work? What are your goals for your child after high school? How is the IEP team working together to achieve these goals? Keeping these goals in mind will help you prepare for the year ahead and remind yourself why all your hard work is worth it.
This question was originally posted on www.avvo.com. I have edited the original question.
My son was constantly getting suspended ... I told the principal I was going to be asking about if this was legal he told me that my son threatened a substitute... I know my son is no angel but they bring it on by segregating these kids that are in a special needs class. They are not allowed with other students in pe. My son also has an IEP and add / adhd /odd.
Your question raises three interrelated issues:
(1) The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) mandates that children should be educated in the least restrictive environment (LRE) that meets the child's needs. This means you have the right to ask that your child spend as much time as possible with his typically developing peers as long as your child receives an educational benefit. For example, your child may be able to attend music class, field trips and recess with students in general education, perhaps with the help of a one-on-one aid.
(2) You should also make sure that your son has goals related to social skills in his IEP. Perhaps the school could include him in a "Friendship Group," facilitated by the school counselor.
(3) Your child should also be given a functional behavioral assessment. Based on this assessment the school should put a behavior intervention plan in place to help prevent and respond to your child's inappropriate conduct.
State and Federal law require that a student's IEP contain measurable post-secondary goals and services called a "transition plan" when the child reaches a certain age. Massachusetts General Law chapter 71B section 2 (signed into law in August 2008) requires a plan be in place by the child's 14th birthday. While this is two years earlier than Federal law requires, it is best to begin transition planning long before the child is a teenager. I encourage all parents to set high but realistic goals with their children and to treat each IEP goal as a small but important step towards their child's post-secondary aspirations.
It is doubtful that any child may reasonably be expected to succeed in life if he is denied the opportunity of an education.
Brown v. Board of Education, 347 U.S. 483 (1954)
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