Individualized Education Plan
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An individualized education plan (IEP) is a legal document written for a public school student who has special needs. The plan is personalized specifically to address the individual’s needs. The team of people who write the plan may include any of the following individuals: Student, Parent/Guardian, Director of Special Education Services, Principal, Assistant Principal, School Psychologist, School Counselor, Speech and Language Pathologist, Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapist, General Education Teacher, Special Education Teacher, other professionals and/or friends of the family (ie. Advocate, Outpatient Therapist, Aunt, etc.).
The plan includes goals and special services necessary for the student to successfully learn and perform in the educational system. Progress on the IEP is monitored and can be updated as necessary, specific to the student. The law enforcing IEP’s can sometimes be confusing.
Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati Education Resources
Joanie Elfers, School Age Matters Coordinator - Joanie has expertise in a variety of school topics. At no charge to families, she is available to attend school meetings, assist in IEP planning and work with educational professionals to achieve a desired goal.
Mariclare Hulbert, Outreach Coordinator - Mariclare engages with schools to provide valuable information, create connections, and expand the impact of our work and support. She is available to do "Peer Presentations" in the classroom setting to enhance the students and teachers understanding of Down syndrome.