An Individualized Education Program (IEP) should be a help! The mandated purpose is to ensure that students with disabilities receive a free and appropriate public education to meet their unique needs and prepare them for further education, employment and independent living.
The IEP is both a document and a process. Often, parents and guardians find themselves stressed by nagging questions:
Is my child's IEP doing what it should?
What does all this confusing language actually mean?
How does this volume of paper really help my child?
You don’t have to do this by yourself. Help is just a click away through AANE Child and Teen Services IEP Review. We have the personal and professional expertise to guide you through the IEP process, reduce your stress and concern, and help you feel confident about your child's IEP.
The IEP Review Program is a two hour IEP review.
- Hour one: a Child and Teen Services parent coach examines the IEP and other relevant documents.
- Hour two: parents meet with the coach (in-person, by phone or with Skype) and together review the program line by line.
Once the IEP Review Program request is received, the coach contacts the parents to discuss all the key documents to provide for review.
The IEP Review Program can be complemented with Parent Coaching hours for additional coaching and strategizing about your role on the IEP team. Take the next step. Click here and select “IEP Review” to arrange an appointment. For questions, please email Laura.Perez@aane.org.
“I consider myself savvy about forms and process but when I received the IEP from the school I was overwhelmed. The IEP Review Program gave me the understanding and confidence to participate as a full partner in the team and get the best outcome for my child.”
“My child has had an IEP for years. When this year’s review came up I called for help. I wanted to be sure that we were doing the best for our child.”
We recognize that cost can be an obstacle for some families. AANE is very honored to have been awarded grants from the Cummings Foundation in support of Parent Coaching in Middlesex, Suffolk, and Essex counties in Massachusetts, and a John W. Alden Trust grant for transition to adulthood related parent coaching and IEP Reviews in Eastern MA for families needing financial assistance.
Please email Janeka.Melanson@aane.org for more information about financial assistance for parent coaching and IEP reviews.
IEP reviews are conducted by Laura Perez and Amanda Bailey.
Laura Perez, M.Sc., is a parent specialist with ANNE’s Child and Teen Services Team, and is also the Director of Programs for the Latino Community. Laura has been with AANE since 2016. She helps parents via phone, online meetings, support groups, and face to face coaching, drawing on her professional and personal experiences. In the Summer of 2017, she attended the Parent Consultant Training Institute of the Federation for Children with Special Needs. She also consults with the Justice Resource Institute and with Massachussets Advocates for Children. On the personal side, she is a mother of three, including a young adult with ASD.
Amanda Bailey, M.A., draws on her knowledge as the parent of two children with autism and direct experience in family support through leadership of her local Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) and ongoing work with Mass Families Organizing for Change (MFOFC). She has completed the Federation for Children with Special Needs Parent Consultant Training Institute and Wrightslaw special education law and advocacy training. Amanda is available to help parents through support groups, parent coaching, and IEP review over the phone or online.