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During Your IEP Meeting

We thought it might help to give you some support so you can be a real leader at your own meeting. It is, after all, about you and your future! The following list includes some things you can do at your meeting to make sure your ideas, goals, and needs are the focus of the meeting:

Things You Can Do to Be a Leader at Your IEP Meeting

  • First, YOU start the meeting by going over your list of accomplishments – the things you are proud of doing over the past year.
  • Then talk about your disability and how it's affecting your classes, job, relationships with peers and adults, and you personally.
  • Then talk about what you wrote for goals or dreams for the future.
  • Then ask the people that you invited to share their thoughts about the future, what they think you are good at, and what they can do to support your dreams for the future.

If you are feeling nervous about this, go to the link for leadership and communication or ask a friend, teacher, or parent to role-play an IEP meeting with you so you can practice talking about yourself. That is a very hard thing for all teens – and believe it or not,–for adults too!

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