As IEP season is upon us, it is always good to remember these helpful hints to ensure that your child’s IEP goes in your favor when requesting that he/she be included into a general education placement with typically developing peers.
1. Educate Yourself
- Become educated about special education law, specifically, the Individuals With Disabilities Act (IDEA).
- Your child is entitled to be educated in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE). This can be an inclusion setting at a child’s home school with his/her siblings and neighborhood friends!
2. Be Prepared to Advocate for Your Child
- Have a friend or consultant accompany you to your child’s IEP for support.
- Sometimes a school is unable to effectively include a student with autism into the typical classroom without some support from outside agencies specializing in inclusion or behavioral intervention. This type of support may be needed in order for your child to have a successful inclusion experience.