Title: 'Preparing 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. To learn how to prepare for an IEP meeting.
  2. To understand the issues in an IEP.


Participating in your child’s IEP meeting can be unnerving. Parents have to ensure that their child’s needs will be met while establishing and maintaining a critical relationship with the professionals at their school. We are both parents and attorneys who go through the IEP process for our own Deaf/Hard of Hearing children and understand the balance that IEP teams need to maintain. We will review what parents can and should do to prepare for IEP meetings. Deafness and hearing loss are low incidence disabilities. Parents should not feel they have to 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 a Deaf/Hard of Hearing student. Parents need to come to meetings with as much knowledge as possible to fully participate on the IEP team. Topics will include Parent Advocacy Training and Education, Evaluations, Communication plans as part of the IEP, and Conflict Resolution.
Presentation: Monday_Coe_320_LisaWeiss_1583.pdf

Handouts: Handout is not Available
CART: Topical Session 3- 1583.docx
Lisa Weiss - POC
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.
Susan Fingerle - Primary Presenter
Hands and Voices
     Credentials: Parent
      Susan Fingerle has an 11 year old son who is Hard of Hearing.

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