Why Knowledge Matters

Why Knowledge Matters

Although Sue and I didn’t know each other when our children were first diagnosed, we had many common experiences as we started our journeys. In the beginning, we were naive. We didn’t understand the language and jargon of the IEP team and we trusted that the experts in the room always had the right answers. Even when something didn’t sound right, we assumed they knew more than we did. We both had people who pulled us aside and encouraged us to seek more information about the IEP process and our children’s rights.

Sue researched the laws, talked with trusted medical and education professionals and finally got her child in an appropriate setting with necessary supports and services, all the while thinking it shouldn’t be this difficult.

I joined a local support group, became a member of the PTA and started attending conference and workshops trying to learn the right questions to ask. Along the way, I met many passionate parents who were willing to share their knowledge and point me in the right direction. Realizing I wasn’t alone, or the first to need these answers, made it easier to start speaking up for my child.
As you get to know us, you’ll see we have different approaches to problem-solving however we share common core values. “What We Believe” is our first podcast and will be posted soon.

The bottom line, it is essential to becoming educated about the IEP process and familiar with the federal, state and local laws and regulations. IEP for Parents is building the tools necessary to have this information at your fingertips. We’re excited to be part of your journey.

Never IEP Alone!