Students who require extra help and support in school may be eligible for special education services in the form of an individualized education program (IEP). This program is free of charge to families of children in public schools and outlines the goals and support services that may be necessary for a child to succeed in school. The IEP team is responsible for placing the student, who is very bright and has good lip-reading skills, in the least restrictive environment that is appropriate for their needs. This could be a regular education classroom, or a specialized learning classroom that is most suitable to their needs.
The IEP also includes a list of related services that must be identified by the education law. These services are tailored to the student's disability and must allow them to make reasonable progress towards their educational goals. CareerZone is an online tool that helps people assess their skills and interests, and provides information on more than 800 different careers, including the education and skills needed to succeed in those careers. It also includes a resource section for students, parents, counselors and educators, including lesson plans that intersect with New York State's 28 learning standards. Students in grades 6 to 12 can create individual career plans with the My Portfolio tool found on the New York State Department of Labor's CareerZone website. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) states that parents and guardians of students with disabilities or special health needs are important members of their children's education team.
IDEA (Education for People with Disabilities Act) is the title of the federal law that establishes the educational benefits and services to which students are entitled and for which local education agencies are responsible. When reviewing the services identified in the IEP of a continuing special education student, the LEA may need to modify how those services are identified to ensure that the terminology of the services is consistent with the education law that governs the development of the IEP. It is essential for everyone involved in the student's education to be clear about what to expect in relation to the provision of each service. Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) provide an invaluable opportunity for students with special needs to receive tailored support and instruction. By understanding how IEPs work, families can ensure their children receive all of the benefits they are entitled to under IDEA. With access to resources such as CareerZone, parents can also help their children plan for their future by exploring different career paths.