RESOURCES AND TIPS
The better prepared all team members are the smoother an IEP meeting should be. That includes Parents being informed and prepared. Here are some tips below.
TIPS TO PREPARE FOR VIRTUAL IEP MEETING
1. Be Ready and aware of when your child's IEP is due for Review.
2. IDEA already provided provisions for meeting alternatives so districts should be making use of phone, zoom, or other methods of conferencing in order to STILL hold IEP meeting as scheduled.
3. Know who will be there: Meeting notice should still be provided. Team members still required to attend regardless of platform change. Team members requesting to leave meeting early can only be excused with PARENT PERMISSION.
4. Review documents ahead of time. Schools should be providing documents via email BEFORE meetings.
5. During meeting: Ask questions! Ask and make sure your concerns are being documented!
6. Recommendation: Services during distant learning will look different. Ensure that IEP has it NOTED that when in person instruction resumes ALL services will be reinstated as they were. (If agreeing to service changes during distant learning)
7. Need more time to think or want help? Request extra time to review before consenting and contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
8. Comfortable with IEP? Consent to IEP if comfortable and follow up with an email to the Special education teacher after the meeting noting concerns discussed, and your interpretation of service offerings once more as well as when you expect to receive copy of final documents.
HOW TO APPLY FOR SSI FOR YOUR CHILD
SSI Eligibility for Children
Children under age 18 can get SSI if they meet Social Security's definition of disability for children and there are limited income and resources in the household. Social Security defines a disability as:
The child must have a physical or mental condition(s) that very seriously limits his or her activities; and
The condition(s) must have lasted, or be expected to last, at least 1 year or result in death. A state agency makes the disability decision. They review the information you give us. They will also ask for information from medical and school sources and other people familiar with the child’s condition(s).