IEP students who have difficulty at public school who are often sent home, sent to in-school suspension (ISS), or out-of-school suspension (OSS) may not be in the right program, yet the public school doesn’t offer a “right” program. This predicament is addressed by Congress when Congress arranged for mediation between parents and schools.
Often the regular IEP team doesn’t or won’t think beyond the routine in their building. Serious matters require using a different approach to achieve reasonable outcomes for a student and mediation is where this can happen; mediation participants typically are not the usual IEP meeting attendees.
Schools may lead parents to believe that “due process” is the only option for the parent to pursue; this is usually not true. A parent is gracious to the district when participating in mediation rather than pursuing other avenues.
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Advocates at The IEP Center help parents solve IEP problems by providing information so the parent 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 extend the problem.
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