STUDENT LED IEP's
By: Carmen Willings
Self-Determination skills are part of the Expanded Core Curriculum for students with visual impairments. One way of fostering self determination is through student led IEP's. The amount of student participation and leadership in the IEP will be directly related to the other factors including the significance of other areas of disability and level of motivation.
All students who are 14 years of age and older should be encouraged to actively participate in the IEP development and in the IEP meeting itself. It is natural for students to be intimidated by what is sometimes a very large meeting that includes administrators and teachers. Help the student understand the importance of the meeting and that the goal of the meeting is to assist the student in being successful in school.
In order to help the student be actively and meaningfully involved in the IEP process, encourage the student to:
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