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Call: 407-342-9836 Space Coast Edition — Volume III, Issue I 5 may be genuine, but when you give others permission to talk to medical caregivers, they may get information you really don’t want them to have. For example, a mom gave permission for the school to get information, but only in one medical area. Well, the medical clerk was so glad to help she copied everything ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� mom did not want the school to know about! This stuff happens. Do not sign the forms. Instead, ask the school what information they want, and YOU will contact the doctors and get the information for them. When you get the documents, you can review them before you turn them over to the school and you stay in control. 4. Taking Something Off The IEP: If the IEP team wants to remove a service, such as speech, OT, reading assistance, or a goal off the IEP, your child should have mastered the skill! In my mind that is the ONLY REASON for removing something off the IEP. Before you allow it to be removed, ask the school to do a standardized evaluation showing your child mastered the skill. Anything other than a standardized evaluation is personal opinion and may not be accurate. In the meantime, the service stays on the IEP. If the evaluations show mastery of the skill, the service can be removed. If mastery is not achieved, the service should stay on the IEP. AFTER THE IEP MEETING 1. If you disagree with the school’s evaluation for any reason: You can request an Individual Educational Evaluation (IEE). This is an evaluation where you choose a professional to do the evaluation at the school district’s expense. Put your request for these evaluations in writing to the principal. 2. Once A Year: Ask to see your child’s ���������������������������������������������������������������������� through it page by page. Write a letter to your principal and ask to set up an appointment to look through the cum folder. The school should have someone sit down with you because they need to make sure a parent doesn’t walk off with important papers. If you see any documents that you don’t have ask the school will make you a copy. They have the right to charge you a fee for the copies. Pam Lindemann is the Founder of The IEP Advocate, the largest private advocacy group in Florida. She and her team help families get services for children in the public school system and she offers advocate training classes for parents. For more informaion: phone: 407-342-9836 email: Info@TheIEPadvocate.com website: TheIEPadvocate.com


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