One of the most intimidating processes for a parent is the Individual Education Plan (IEP) meeting. This meeting should be a team effort by all persons providing services to your child with the focus being on providing a quality education.
Federal law mandates that every child has equal access to a free and appropriate education regardless of physical/mental ability. This law is called the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA Act). The sub-sections which agencies are required by law to inform you of are found below. The IDEA Act is far more extensive than that which is covered here. The full legal text of the 2004 Updated IDEA Act with simplified explanations can be found by visiting www.disability.gov