On November 14, 2015, attorney Scott Allen and special education advocate Mary Peitso teamed up to provide a workshop on the IEP (Individualized Education Program) process. The workshop was part of the Third South Valley Education Conference (Conferencia Educativa Del Sur Del Condado) organized by PANESC Grupo de Apoyo. The conference was held at Soledad High School and featured an array of speakers in the fields of education, medicine and the law as they relate services and the rights available for children with special needs.
Topics addressed by Scott and Mary during the workshop included:
- The procedures for requesting an assessment to determine whether a child qualifies for special education
- The timeline for completion of an initial assessment and convening the first IEP meeting
- A parent’s right to request an independent educational evaluation, at the school district’s expense, if the the parents disagree with the district’s assessment
- Who are the members of the IEP team?
- The required contents of an IEP, namely contents such as the student’s present level of academic achievement, measurable annual goals, special education services to be provided, related services (such as counseling, audiology, nursing services, physical therapy, occupational therapy), as well as other contents.
- The requirement for LRE or “Least Restrictive Environment”
We would like to thank PANESC for organizing this event and for inviting Scott and Mary to participate. The event was very well organized and well attended. Well done!
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