Active family involvement is essential to each student's success. The IDEA, or the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, requires that IEP's be developed for students with disabilities who have been found eligible for special education services. IDEA establishes that a written plan must specify how education, related services, and support will be delivered to a student with disabilities. That written plan is called an IEP, or Individualized Education Program. The IEP identifies special education and related service supports needed for a student with a disability. The following principles guide IEP development in Maryland.
Additionally, the student with a disability must be educated in the least restrictive environment (LRE). Least restricted environment means that the child is educated as close as possible to the child's home and in the school that he or she would attend if non-disabled unless the IEP requires some other arrangements. Placement decisions are based upon the unique needs of the child and made by the IEP team.
In addition to personal information such as the student's name and address, the IEP contains the following parts as included in the Maryland Statewide IEP Document. This document is available in a number of languag
The following questions may be answered as part of the IEP development process.
Whether the student will receive a Maryland High School Diploma or Certificate, consideration must be given to preparing the student for life beyond the secondary school level.
Transition specialists, counselors, adult service providers, and employers, may assist the IEP team in making decisions.
You will receive written notice of any IEP team meeting to develop, review, or revise your child's IEP at least ten (10) calendar days before the meeting unless an expedited meeting is convened. The meetings should be scheduled at a mutually agreed time and place. The notice indicates the purpose, time, location of the meeting, and who will be in attendance. As a parent you may invite other individuals to the IEP meeting who have knowledge or special expertise regarding your child. Beginning at age 14, or younger, if appropriate, the notice must indicate that one purpose of the meeting is the consideration of needed transition services for the child.
Building IEPs With Maryland Families
Understanding the Evaluation, Eligibility, and IEP Team Process in Maryland