The special ed law (IDEA) regulations allows for a parent to take to IEP meetings whomever the parent may invite.
Parents may have more control
Some parents take family members, some parents take case managers from other agencies. Taking someone is better than taking nobody.
However, who you take with you makes a difference. In my experience, parents who took case managers from other agencies (systems) experienced the status quo from school district personnel. Parent’s don’t have to take a “fake” advocate. After all, most case managers knowledge and experience with school districts is similar to how parents are treated regardless, and the school may routinely bamboozle them. You and your case manager walk away from the IEP meeting assuming the meeting was productive which may not be reality. School systems are very different from other public assistance/mental health systems.
The public education system in many states is often filled with internal politics, hidden agendas, clicks and demagoguery. Although Congress expects parents to pursue “individualizing” a program for our child, it may become one individual taking on an institution. There are alternatives, allowed by Congress, to multiple school meetings.
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. Some of the most effective “buttons” a parent can “push” can occur outside or before an upcoming IEP meeting.
The IEP Center.com advocates are aware of strategies parents can trigger to work the system and not be bamboozled. We are available to participate online or telephone with parents in iep meetings, suspension hearings, manifestation-determination meetings and mediation*.
Don’t be bamboozled! Parents who are serious about their child’s schooling and tired of being bamboozled use advocates at The IEP Center.com. Parents who are serious about their child’s education use our advocates.
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