Can I Reject My Child’s IEP?

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Can I Reject My Child’s IEP?

Can I Reject My Child’s IEP? | Los Angeles County Special Education

Many parents feel as though they have no say over their child’s IEP. While they are invited to IEP meetings, they often feel powerless to effect any changes if they disagree with the stated goals. However, while it may not be a fun process to go through and may be fraught with tension, it is certainly possible to disagree with an IEP and insist that changes be made. Be aware that there are several ways that you can do this.

Options Regarding Individualized Education Programs

Of course, your first option with your child’s IEP is to accept it entirely. Your second option is to reject the entire IEP. However, a full rejection is almost never the best option as it can cause high feelings of tension and typically makes school district officials feel that they are on the defensive. Plus, full rejection is typically not necessary because there is usually something that parents can find to agree with on it.

Therefore, a partial rejection of the IEP is what is most often needed and what is typically the best option for parents to use. With a partial rejection, you can signify exactly what program you disagree with as being inappropriate for your child’s education. When you choose partial rejection, you maintain several important legal rights, such as the right for your child to have compensatory services. You are also allowing the school district to proceed with their plan to provide special education services but are telling them that you believe some changes need to be made as soon as possible.

If you have already made the mistake of accepting your child’s IEP believing that this was your only option but feeling uncomfortable with some of the services offered, know that you do have recourse. You have the right to request an IEP meeting at any point in the school year, and it is possible to have the IEP changed during the year. However, you may find that this is more difficult than you would believe because many school districts are hesitant to change classrooms and programs partway through the year. Instead, you may need to seek legal help to see the appropriate changes made.

Call Newman, Aaronson, Vanaman today to see how our team of special education attorneys can help you in your quest to get your special needs child the best education possible.

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