(2016, March) | Useful to Parent Centers in working with youth and families.
This interactive webinar from CADRE explores student-led IEPs and their relationship to self-advocacy and student engagement. In a student-led IEP, the student actively participates in the development of his/her IEP and takes a leadership role in decision-making about his or her future. Student engagement levels are individualized based on the age, needs, and abilities of the student. Participants in the IEP meetings include students, parents/caregivers, special educators, general educators, support staff, and administrators.
Student-led IEPs is an innovative dispute resolution practice that fits into Stage 1 of the CADRE Continuum: Prevention. Students gain greater awareness of the impacts of their disabilities and develop critical self-advocacy and problem-solving skills that will help them to reach their goals, improve their academic and postsecondary outcomes, and become leaders in their own lives and futures. Student-led IEPs also enhance student/parent/school/community relationships and partnerships.
More about the Webinar:
The webinar was co-facilitated by a student from Oregon, a student from Washington DC, and the program director for youth leadership from SchoolTalk, a nonprofit focused on special education dispute resolution in DC. Presenters shared their personal experiences participating in the IEP process, provided a brief overview of the Student-led IEP demonstration project in Washington DC, showed a clip from a film series, shared resources, and facilitated a dialogue with webinar participants.