Going into an IEP meeting can be an intimidating thing for any parent, even when they have an attorney or advocate in their corner. Feeling that you are on a level playing field with the school could provide peace of mind. The new I-phone application, the IEP checklist, would provide that peace of mind. The application was created by the Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center, a Virginia center that’s part of a national network of special education parent information and training centers funded by the Department of Education. This new app is so cool and should justify the purchase of an I-phone, if just for the look on the school personnel and their attorneys faces.
This application allows you to look up everything from notification time requirements, to scientifically-based research, and it leads you to a brief description and lists the section of the IDEA that addresses each issue. This is a great tool to balance the powers between the school districts and families. The application allows you to take notes under each section to keep your thoughts organized. You can also save your notes in the application in order to refer back to them at another time or at the next IEP meeting. Next we need a goal writing app and apps for literature that applies to your child's/client's disability. School districts that would take advantage of unsuspecting parents have been fairly warned that parents are now fully loaded with the law for their next meeting.