To become an effective advocate for your child, you must understand the eight-step process that is required under IDEA. Certain activities must be completed at each step in order to obtain and implement an appropriate Individual Education Program (IEP) for your child.
Knowing your child’s educational rights is the foundation of educational advocacy. Those parents who learn the basics of federal laws affecting their child’s education are better positioned to help their children than those who do not. This doesn’t mean you have to memorize a lot of facts, but rather, understand how local school districts are bound by federal education law.