Title: 'You Are a Member of the Team! Preparing for and Participating in Your Child’s IEP Meeting'
Track: 7 - Family Perspectives and Support
Keyword(s): Education, Families, Individualized Education Program (IEP)
Learning Objectives:
  1. At the end of the session, participants will be able to improve preparation for and partcipation in their child's IEP meeting.


Participating in your child’s IEP meeting can be daunting for parents. Parents have to ensure that their child’s needs will be met while establishing and maintaining a critical relationship with the professionals at the student’s school. We are both parents and attorneys who go through the IEP process for our own Deaf/Hard of Hearing children and understand the delicate balance that teams need to try to maintain. We will review what parents can and should do to prepare for IEP meetings. Deafness and Hearing Impairment are low incidence disabilities. Parents cannot rely solely on the recommendations of the school district. Even the best district with the best of intentions may not be familiar with the unique needs of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing student. Parents have to come to meetings with as much as knowledge as possible and fully participate.
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Lisa Weiss - Co-Presenter
Colorado Hands and Voices
     Credentials: Parent
      Lisa lives in Denver, Colorado. One of Lisa's three sons is deaf as a result of auditory neuropathy. Despite hearing screening in the hospital shortly after his birth and consistent follow up with audiologists and speech therapists, Lisa's son was not identified with auditory neuropathy until he was almost three years old. Lisa has been using Cued Speech for ten years with her son who has bilateral cochlear implants, is learning to sign, and communicates using spoken language. Lisa currently serves as a board member of Colorado Hands and Voices, the Interpreter Advisory Board for the Colorado Department of Education, and as a Commissioner representing the parent community for the Colorado Commission of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

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Susan Fingerle - Co-Presenter
Hands and Voices
     Credentials: Parent
      Susan Fingerle has an 11 year old son who is Hard of Hearing.

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