Workshop aims to prepare parents for IEP discussions

Westfield Technical Academy, 33 Smith Avenue, Westfield. (THE WESTFIELD NEWS FILE PHOTO)

WESTFIELD – On March 5, the Special Education Parents Advisory Committee workshop, “Am I prepared for my child’s IEP” will focus on steps parents can take to become an informed participant in their child’s Individualized Education Plan.
The workshop will be held in the Tiger’s Pride restaurant at Westfield Technical Academy (use the gym doors) from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Childcare will be provided.
Alison Greene, a long time Educational Advocate with Western Mass Educational Advocacy Services will lead the discussion. WMEAS helps parents get supports and services necessary for their special needs children to succeed in school and be ready for life beyond school.
SEPAC parent advocate Michele Douglas said the workshop will focus on how to prepare for an IEP meeting.
“For example, I prepare a parent’s report including parent concerns and a vision statement which I send to the school to be inserted into the IEP. These concerns help the school prepare as well,” Douglas said.
She said she also reviews test scores and progress reports before the meeting.
Douglas said the workshop will be discussing different ways to prepare to be an informed participant. She said hopefully, parents who have many years of experience will also attend to share different ideas.
All are welcome to attend the meeting. For more information or questions, contact [email protected]

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