Graduate project

A guide for middle school students, parents/guardians and general education teachers: understanding my IEP

Middle school students with mild to moderate disabilities do not have full understanding of their Individualized Educational Plan (IEP). As a result, students are not benefiting from their special education services thus, hindering their potential to self-advocate. Stakeholders like special education teachers, general education teachers, parents/guardians, principals, and others are developing the students’ IEP and making educational decisions without involving students in this important process. The Individuals with Disability Education Act (IDEA) has called for more student participation in IEP meetings and IEP development. The purpose of this project is to provide middle school students with disabilities, parents/guardians, and general education teachers with a user-friendly guide to assist towards a better understating of an IEP.