Carol Sadler
Special Education Consultant/Advocate
1105 Rock Pointe Look
Woodstock, GA 30188

I am a lay Parent Advocate assisting parents of children with disabilities in school IDEA, 504 and SST meetings. I am a former CHADD and LDA Coordinator, graduate of the 1st GA Advocacy Office PLSP legal training course and most importantly parent of two children with various disabilities.

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Advocates Advice - Draft IEP's

I have always advised parents to request a Draft IEP prior to your IEP meetings so that you can review them for accuracy, see any changes made by the school system and see the proposed Present Level’s of Performance (PLOP’s) and recommended Goals/Objectives/Accommodations.


In several cases recently I’m finding that the school district is only providing a copy of the old IEP as a Draft, with NO updates or changes.  This is not what you want and I find it a sneaky way for the district to keep parents in the dark, make it more difficult for them in the IEP, and so they can will not be fully prepared at the IEP meeting.


Therefore, be sure to be specific when you request a copy of your Draft IEP.  Make sure in your request, you include you want an updated Draft IEP with their proposed updates to PLOP’s, goals/objectives and services.  This is NOT predetermination as you are asking for their proposals that will be discussed at the IEP meeting.  Threaten to/or reschedule the IEP meeting if they cannot provide this information in advance of your meeting.  It’s always best to go in prepared……


Sneaky, sneaky, sneaky………just when I thought I had seen it all.


Please share with others as I know this must be happening to others as well.


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Carol Sadler, Special Education Consultant/Advocate
GA Advocacy Office PLSP I Graduate
1105 Rock Pointe Look
Woodstock, GA 30188

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"There is nothing more unequal than the equal treatment of unequal people." ---- Thomas Jefferson

“Refrain from Restraining, Secluding and Corporal Punishment” ---- Carol Sadler, Advocate

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Information contained in this communication is confidential and privileged. It is not meant to represent legal or medical advice, but rather advice given based on my knowledge as a trained Parent Advocate by the GA Advocacy Office, Council of Parent Advocates & Attorneys, CHADD, LDA, the GA DOE Parent Mentor program as an invited guest and the special education attorneys that I often work with on educational matters. Please do not forward without my permission.