Making your child a part of *their* IEP or 504 meeting.

Posted on: Mon, 08/08/2005 - 10:25pm
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This will be the first year my oldest (age) 10 has attended an IEP meeting. His peanut/treenut/lentil and asthma are addressed as a disability under "Other Health Impairment" and as part of his IEP.

Our next meeting (scheduled to start before school) will address finalizing only *this*. In the past, IEP meetings have been held to address specific parts of his IEP.

Yesterday, I met with several team members to [i]discuss[/i] strategies for managing and accommodating specific needs under "OHI" (other health impairment) and as part of an [i]informal[/i] meeting.

Ironically, this was noted on the [i]conference[/i] report. [img][/img]

[i]It went well[/i]. Under two hours, new school, new situation (changes in the transition from third to fourth grade), new personnel. Mercifully, one of the team members in the co-op has been attending the meetings with me to ease the transition. This person "gets-it". I believe this person is and has worked in "good faith". This person also understands "FAPE" (free, appropriate, public education) and understands just because something is not the [i]preferred[/i] and [i]customary[/i] way of doing things doesn't mean it isn't the necessary way to do them. This person is also compassionate and open minded. [img][/img]

I decided it was time for my oldest cub to be present at this next IEP meeting. The team thinks it's a nifty development as well. [img][/img]

Now that said, we've ironed our the details and have been working off of the plan that was in place last year. [i]That plan took many tense and sometimes heated meetings with many unsaid things said.[/i] KWIM? They weren't all that way all the time, but just when you least expected........... cub was not present for *those* meetings.

In my heart, I feel in our unique, highly individual, and personal situation, it is appropriate for my oldest cub (age 10) to assume a seat at *a* meeting. Possibly from here on out. It's not advice, just how I feel.

Anyone else have similiar feelings or experiences with 504's or IEP's? Input to the contrary?

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