Recognizing Truth

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Recognizing Truth

Recognizing Truth | Los Angeles Special Education Legal Representation

By this point in the school year, some parents may have already discovered that they are not completely happy with their child’s IEP. They may feel that the IEP does not cover all of the necessary parts of the child’s education, that the goals are inappropriate for the child or that further services are needed to best educate the child. Parents should know that they can call IEP meetings with school district teachers and advisers throughout the school year and that they are not simply limited to the initial one before the school year starts.

However, parents may be met with some resistance at this IEP meetings. Teachers may be hesitant to change. School district administrators may be unwilling to try anything new that could cost the district more. Parents should be aware of some of the lies that they could hear at the meeting and should be prepared to meet them with the truth.

Common Myths & Misconceptions Parents May Fall For

Many untruths during IEP meetings are based on what the school tells parents that they can and cannot do. They may say that the parents cannot add their comments to the IEP or that the child does not need an IEP based on his or her test scores. None of these statements are true because parents are an integral part of the IEP team and intelligence is not the sole indicator of the need for an IEP.

However, other untruths are based on things that the school itself says it cannot do. The school may state that the child is graduating without parental approval, that it does not have the necessary resources for the child or that IEPs are not done there because it is a Magnet School. Parents must always check for facts before accepting any of these half-truths.

Sadly, parents cannot always stand up for themselves at the IEP meeting. This could be the case if the meetings have simply become too stressful or if the district or teachers are completely resistant to change. In these cases, parents need professionals on their sides who are backed by the law, common sense and a sense of justice and compassion for these special education students. At Newman, Aaronson, Vanaman Attorneys at Law, our special needs attorneys can attend any IEP meetings as representatives of the parents or as advisers to direct the entire meeting toward truth for the good of the student.

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