BEFORE the IEP

The HQ IEPs Resource Lead Project aims to increase knowledge and engagement of families as members of the IEP team to help develop high quality IEPs that will result in educational benefit. These are resources to help prepare families for the IEP Journey.

An inspiring poem for parents with children with special needs.
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If you have recently learned that your child has a developmental delay or a disability (which may or may not be completely defined), this message may be for you. It is written from the personal perspective of a parent who has shared this experience and all that goes with it.
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An article for parents who are new to having a child with a disability.
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This collection of self-paced courses covers the legal foundations of laws supporting students with disabilities. The collection includes courses that explain the difference between civil rights and funding laws, different laws impacting students with disabilities including the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the relationship between state and federal laws, primary sources of the law in the United States, the impact of the role and levels of the adjudicative source of law, the history of IDEA, the major parts of IDEA, and more.
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This course is a part of a series created by Progress Center covering the legal foundations of laws supporting students with disabilities.
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Special Education Timeline Resource
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This tip sheet created by Progress Center reviews the elements of the IEP and the IEP development process for Parents.
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Student Presentation Template for Early Childhood/Elementary Students
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Side-by-side transition checklist for Part C, Part B, and families
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An easy-to-use form to provide input about your student from a parent perspective.
Aprovechar mis fortalezas (Spanish)
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Special Education Timeline Resource
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