Empowering Latino parents of students with disabilities to participate in IEPs

The purpose of this project is to develop low cost, easily accessible educational parent workshops for Spanish-speaking parents of students with disabilities, in order to empower them become better advocates and participate more actively in the development of the Individualized Educational Program (IEP) and in the overall education of their children. Special education laws mandate that parents be involved in the development of IEPs. In addition, all research indicates that parent involvement is the pivotal to student success. This project focuses on educating Spanish-speaking families about special education in the U.S., the IEP process, parental rights, and ways in which to establish positive relationships with key school personnel in order to promote student success. Topics such as IEP timelines, qualifying disability categories, evaluation and assessments, special factors, related services, and statewide assessment accommodations are included in the video workshops.