If the child placed in your home is eligible to receive special services, an educational program will be developed to meet the child’s needs. A meeting must be held within 30 days to develop the written Individualized Education Program, usually called an IEP. An IEP is a written statement of the educational program designed to meet a child’s individual needs. Every child who receives special educational services must have an IEP. It is a road map for how the school will educate the child.
The process of developing a child’s IEP involves two main areas:
- The IEP meeting at which members of the team together decide on the educational program for the child
- The IEP document that puts in writing the decisions made at the meeting
For further information, the following resources are available:
- Oklahoma Special Education Services – 405-521-3301 or www.sde.state.ok.us
- Special Education Parent Handbook – 405-521-4862
- National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHY) at www.nichy.org
- Oklahoma Parents Center – 877-553-4332 or www.oklahomaparentscenter.org
Parental participation is essential in the education of children with disabilities. It is always the first choice to involve the child’s parents in this process. When the parents are unable, unavailable or unwilling to participate in the child’s school arrangements or the development of the IEP, the resource parents are encouraged to participate and be involved in all matters relating to the identification, evaluation and educational placement of the child.
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