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4 ways parents can advocate for IEPs with transition planning

On Behalf of | May 14, 2024 | Special Education Law |

Parents want their children to have the support they need to transition from school to adulthood. In Washington state, IEPs can play a major role in this process.

For example, a well-crafted transition plan outlined in an IEP may address areas such as education, employment, independent living skills and community engagement.

1. Collaborate with the IEP team

As a parent, you are an essential member of your child’s IEP team. Collaborate with your child, educators, counselors and other professionals to ensure that the transition plan reflects your child’s unique strengths, needs and goals. Actively participate in IEP meetings. Share insights about your child’s interests, preferences and aspirations.

2. Advocate for early and ongoing transition planning

Transition planning should begin early, ideally by age 14, and evolve as your child progresses through high school. Advocate for regular assessments of your child’s skills, interests and goals to inform the development and refinement of the transition plan. Encourage the IEP team to set measurable objectives and provide the necessary supports and services to achieve these goals.

3. Explore resources and services

Washington state offers various resources and services to support transition planning. They include vocational rehabilitation programs, job training initiatives and community-based organizations. Familiarize yourself with these resources and advocate for your child’s access to them.

4. Monitor progress and make adjustments as needed

Transition planning is an ongoing process that requires regular monitoring and adjustments. Stay actively involved in your child’s education and transition planning. Regularly review their progress toward their goals and advocate for any necessary modifications to their IEP.

If you encounter resistance from the IEP team, remain persistent and assertive. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act should ensure that your child receives a free and appropriate public education, including comprehensive transition planning.

By understanding the importance of transition planning, parents can empower children to lead fulfilling lives beyond the classroom.


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