Children with disabilities have a right to a Free Appropriate Public Education. School districts have an affirmative obligation to seek out and serve students with disabilities. Parents have the right to advocate on behalf of their child to obtain the type of support they feel is beneficial for their child.
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An IEP team must include the parents of the student, a regular education teacher, a special education teacher, a representative of the school district who is knowledgeable about the available resources, who can interpret assessment results, and in general is well-versed in the IEP process. Knowing as much as you can about what an IEP includes and what its purpose is will make you a more powerful parent-advocate.