IEPs and More

Individual Education Plan Information & Much More

Resources, Descriptions & Links

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  • Individual Education Plan (IEP) Resources
  • Communication with School
  • Inclusive Education
  • Special Education Overview
  • Identification, Placement, and Review Committee (IPRC)
  • Transition Planning
  • Resources to Strengthen You and Your Family

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Individual Education Plan (IEP) Resources

What is an Individual Education Plan?
Inclusion Action in Ontario (IAI) provides an an overview of what an Individual Education Plan is.
https://inclusionactionontario.ca/docs/the-individual-education-plan/

Parent Individual Education Plan (IEP) Checklist
Easter Seals Ontario has made this chart available for downloading. It was developed to help families review the different sections of their child’s IEP.
https://education.easterseals.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/2021-IEP-Checklist.pdf

Accommodations
The Ontario Teacher’s Federation provides a definition for accommodations and specific examples.
https://www.teachspeced.ca/accommodations

Appendix E: The Individual Education Plan
This government document explains the importance of developing an IEP for students whose behaviour may be misunderstood due to an underlying cause. It also outlines the steps of developing an IEP and its contents.
https://www.ontario.ca/document/workplace-violence-school-boards-guide-law/appendix-e-individual-education-plan


Communication with School

Family Checklist for Effective School Meetings
Windsor-Essex Family Network families created this document for families to assist them with organization, preparation and participation in school meetings.
Your link to viewing or downloading the: Family Checklist for Effective Meetings

What is the Parent Concern Protocol?
Inclusion Action in Ontario (IAI) notes that the protocol to resolve conflicts between the home and school is frequently called a Parent Concern Protocol, and outlines basic steps to follow.
https://inclusionactionontario.ca/docs/what-is-the-parent-concern-protocol/

Steps to Success: Communicating with Your Child’s School,
CADRE, The Centre for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education (United States) published ‘Steps to Success’ which contains helpful tips for building communication skills that can help parents develop and maintain strong partnerships with their child’s school.
https://www.cadreworks.org/sites/default/files/resources/Steps%20to%20Success%202019%20Final%20Accessible%201.15.21.pdf

The ABCs of Staying in Touch with Your School,
Created by the National Public Relations Association, Rockville, MD to help schools and parents build strong partnerships.
https://cpacinc.org/special-education-issue-resolution-abc.aspx


Inclusive Education

Inclusive Education: Internet Resource Links
Windsor-Essex Family Network developed this document as a quick ‘go to place’ for links to helpful resources regarding inclusive education, including Ministry of Education documents and other excellent website resources promoting inclusion. Links are updated every year.
Inclusive Education: Internet Resource Links

Inclusive Education During Covid – The Right to Accommodation
Marilyn Dolmage, with Inclusion Action In Ontario (IAI), explains the importance of advocating – now – for the inclusion of children and adults with disabilities and their families.
https://inclusionactionontario.ca/inclusive-education-during-covid-the-right-to-accommodation/

Inclusive Education; Program versus Placement (Two documents)
The Ontario Coalition for Inclusive Education explains what inclusive education means in the first document. The second document outlines the difference between program and placement.
Use this link to see both documents, inclusive-education-program-versus-placement.pdf


Special Education Overview

Questions and Answers Parents May Have Regarding Special Education
Q and A document published by the Ministry of Education is intended to provide general information regarding special education programs and services.
http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/general/elemsec/speced/questions_and_answers_parents_english.pdf


Identification, Placement, and Review Committee (IPRC)

What is the Identification, Placement and Review Committee (IPRC)?
By Inclusion Action in Ontario (IAI). A plain language explanation of what IRPCs are.
https://inclusionactionontario.ca/docs/what-is-the-iprc/

Highlights of Regulation 181/98 (IPRCs)
This Ministry of Education document provides information about the Identification, Placement and Review Committee (IPRC) process.
http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/general/elemsec/speced/hilites.html


Transition Planning

Policy/Program Memorandum 156
This memorandum sets out for school boards and schools the new requirements for individual transition plans for students with special education needs from Kindergarten to Grade 12.
https://www.ontario.ca/document/education-ontario-policy-and-program-direction/policyprogram-memorandum156

Policy/Program Memorandum (PPM) 156: Supporting Transitions for Students with Special Education Needs (Power Point)
http://www.edugains.ca/resourcesSpecEd/PLF/IEP/PPM156_PPTwithNotes.pdf

Start Early, Connect wth Developmental Services Ontario (DSO)
Created by Windsor-Essex Family Network family leaders and allies, this flow chart was designed to help families who have high school students with a developmental disability plan ahead.
To view or download this document link here, start-early-connect-with-dso-mhmc.pdf


Resources to Strengthen You and Your Family

The Natural Authority of Families
By Dr. Michael Kendrick. This article has become a mainstay of Windsor-Essex Family Network (WEFN) with a commitment to sharing the article with families across the ages and stages of their lives. The WEFN Board of Directors has readily embraced the concept of families having natural authority when it comes to their dependent children/family members living with disabilities.  
To download a copy click here: the-natural-authority-of-families-mkendrick-ct06.pdf

One-Page Profile Templates
By Helen Sanderson Associates. UK Families create their own profiles with input from the child, parents, family members, friends and other relatives. These are very helpful in school meetings to help educators and supporters learn at a glance what the students need for success.
http://helensandersonassociates.co.uk/person-centred-practice/one-page-profiles/one-page-profile-templates/

Ways to Keep Humour in Your Life
By Christine Byrne, Living Resources
Click this link to view the document: ways-to-keep-humour-in-your-life.pdf

Why Self Care is Essential to Parenting, Caring for children with intense needs can take an emotional and physical toll on parents. By Julianne Garey.
https://childmind.org/article/fighting-caregiver-burnout-special-needs-kids/


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