About The IEP Center

Civil Rights Advocates for parents who have children with special needs in the public schools in MO/KS. We provide information to parents who pursue services for their children when struggling with the public school especially when school meetings aren't successful. Founder, Marilyn McClure, CRP , served as a Missouri due process hearing panel member while maintaining teaching certificate. Holds current CRP credential from National Federation of Paralegal Associations, Inc. Worked for law firm representing parents. Experienced negotiator for parents in IDEA mediation sessions. Parent of adult with developmental disabilities. Member of a national council of parent advocates since 1999. We are not a government agency; we are not affiliated with any government agency. http://bit.ly/iepconsult

IEP meeting at the Parent – Teacher conference in Missouri public school

Public schools often position events for their conveniencersz_supplementary1-300x199 Sometimes parents are misled to think they have to follow the school’s decision when the school’s actions are not consistent with state regulations. For example, a parent is contacted by e-mail that the IEP meeting will be held “tonight” at the “Parent-Teacher conference”.  “Parent-teacher conferences” are not the same as an IEP meeting.  Sufficient notice must be given to a parent(s) within a reasonable amount of time, and, a parent is allowed to reschedule at least once.

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Advocates at The IEP Center help parents solve IEP problems by providing information so they can advocate for the child with special needs.  Don’t be bamboozled!  Waiting and hoping for problems to go away allows our children to regress.  Hoping the problem will go away will only delay the problem.

Never go alone to an IEP meeting; our advocates are available!  816 865 6262

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Special Education Parent’s Advocacy Link LLC dba The IEP Center™ provides information to parents regarding the problems of children with disabilities.  We are not attorneys and do not give advice.  Consult an attorney.  SEPAL advocates have special knowledge about the problems of children with disabilities.

We help parents at low-cost.  We help parents prepare for school meetings and also go to mediation and IEP meetings with parents.  Thankfully, we are not affiliated with any government agency.

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school suspension of special ed student in Missouri

More parents are contacting me about out-of-school suspensions for students with behaviors related to the graphicschoolcontentbubbleedgovdisability.  The most frequent disability mentioned is “autism spectrum”.

Many districts believe, in error, that these students can be suspended up to ten days on a whim.  Although state regulations allow for such consideration, it is not necessarily compliant with the district’s duty to provide a free education, nor how people with disabilities are to be treated by public entities. Yes, school boards have been known to make policy that is not consistent and state and federal law.

A strong advocate can make a huge difference in the relationship a parent has with a public school district.  Many parents have told me that the school now respects them and no longer manipulates them.  There are several approaches parents can use to take control!

Don’t be bamboozled!  Waiting and hoping for problems to go away allows our children to regress.  Hoping the problem will go away will only delay getting the problem addressed.  Waiting too long to address concerns eliminates opportunities for correction.  Time is your enemy.

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We help parents at low-cost.  We help parents prepare for school meetings and also participate in school meetings with parents, including manifestation determination meetings.

Special Education Parent’s Advocacy Link LLC dba The IEP Center™ provides information to parents regarding the problems of children with disabilities. We are civil rights advocates.   We are not attorneys and do not give advice. We are not licensed to practice law in any state. We do not represent anyone.  Consult an attorney. Good news: we are not a government agency.

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IEP meetings aren’t only way to get better schooling for IEP student in Missouri

Parents who struggle with the public school often get the “spin” from the building staff and don’t realize that often the power to take more control of the problem situation is outside the district.  Many entities exist that are ready to accept reports of public institutions that are not providing adequate access or appropriate programming.

Advocates at Special Education Parent’s Advocacy Link dba TheIEPCenter.com™ support parents who have schooling problems by providing information so the parent can advocate for the child with special needs. Schools often don’t put plans into place legitimately unless a parent pursues action. Action can involve systems outside of the school district.   It’s what a parent doesn’t know that can deprive children of needed services.  Our advocates are available to participate in school meetings after consult*.steeringwheeldashboardwoman2pics

Don’t be bamboozled!  Waiting and hoping for problems to go away allows our children to regress.  Hoping the problem will go away will only delay getting the problem addressed.  Waiting too long to address concerns eliminates opportunities for correction.

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Special Education Parent’s Advocacy Link LLC dba The IEP Center™ provides information to parents regarding the problems of children with disabilities. We are civil rights advocates.   We are not attorneys and do not give advice. We are not licensed to practice law in any state. We do not represent anyone.  Consult an attorney.

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Missouri IEP meetings where parents hear double-talk

Parents now report school staff ask  intimidating questions to redirect parents away from the topic of services that our children need. “Don’t you want your child to be independent?” is a common question parents are asked.

Within the last four years I have noticed the supports (paraprofessionals) that were a given for many students with inappropriate behaviors are no longer mentioned to parents. These districts are placing the overwhelming task on a classroom teacher of up to 30 students.  Unrealistic to all!rsz_asianteenmale-vert-199x300

Uninformed and inexperienced parents don’t realize their child is missing basic support services while at public school. This results in suspensions that are unnecessary and could usually be avoided.

Advocates at Special Education Parent’s Advocacy Link LLC dba  IEP Center™ supports parents with these civil rights’ concerns in public schools.

Special Education Parent’s Advocacy Link LLC dba The IEP Center™ advocates are not attorneys and do not give legal advice.  We do not represent children or parents. We have special knowledge of the struggles of children with disabilities.  Contact an attorney.

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