The special ed law (IDEA) regulations allows for a parent to take to IEP meetings whomever the parent may invite.
Some parents take family members, some parents take case managers from other agencies. Taking someone is better than taking no one.
However, who you take with you makes a difference. In my experience, parents who took case managers from other agencies experienced the status quo from school district personnel. After all, most case managers knowledge and experience with school districts is similar to how parents are treated regardless, and the school may know how to bamboozle them. You and your case manager walk away from the IEP meeting assuming the meeting was productive which may not be reality.
Our advocates are familiar with the tactics school districts use to keep parents at bay which results in the child receiving a minimal “schooling” of our child. Over the years many parents expressed to our advocates the parent was treated with respect and much differently than before.
The IEP Center advocates are aware of strategies parents can trigger to work the system and not be bamboozled.
Don’t be bamboozled! Parents who are serious about their child’s schooling and tired of being bamboozled use advocates at The IEP Center. Parents who are serious about their child’s education use The IEP Center in Blue Springs, Liberty, Park Hill and Raymore Peculiar and Boonville.
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