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Building a New House ~ That Works!
Introduction to Universal Housing Design
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Single Family Home Resources
Remodeled Bathroom
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Adding a Ramp
Good Restroom
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Great Space Adaptions
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Ramp Design
Ramp Design (Part 2)
Commercial Ramps
Public Access Ramps
Adding a Ramp
Retrofit Door Sill Ramp
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Finding Help for the Uninsured or Underinsured
Free or Discounted Prescription Programs
Medicaid Waivers
Legal Adults - Introduction
Guardianship and Declaration of Incapacitation
Establishing Guardianship and Obtaining a Declaration of Incapacitation
Dependency Determination (Military)
When to Start the Transition Process
Begin Transition - Age 14-16
Exploring Possibilities and Guardianship Issues - Age 17
Age 18
After High School Graduation - Age 19-22
Post High School Education Options
Future Housing Options
Specialized Medical Equipment
Wheelchair Evaluation
Wheelchair Safety
Introduction: Special Needs and the Military Family
DEERS & ID Cards
Dependency Determination
TriCare Introduction
TriCare Program Options
Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP)
Individual Case Management
TriCare Extended Care Health Option (ECHO)
Early Intervention
Housing Options
Family Support Services
Community Contacts
Letters of Medical Sufficiency
Wheelchair Accessible Vans
Van Conversion: A good Example
Fund Raising - The Flamingo Air Project
Utah DSPD Complaint List Winter 2011

Preparing For An IEP Meeting

Preparation is the key in making your first IEP meeting a successful one. Visit your child's classroom and be familiar with the teacher, aides, therapists, and administrators etc. who work with your child. Be sure to pay close attention to staffing, levels of staff training, teacher/aide ratio per child etc. Pay specific attention to actual school facilities to make sure the building will meet your child's physical need for ramps, bathroom accessibility, etc.

Consult with your child's primary care provider or pediatrician in identifying any medical cares they may need during the school day. Talk with your child's private therapists, counselors, etc. who are familiar with your child and their individual needs regarding recommendations for goals to be met during the school day. Document all of these conversations and request letters of medical necessity from the child's physicians for medical cares to be performed while at school.

Familiarize yourself with the IDEA Act focusing on the IEP section. (Linda recommends reading the education helps under the Resource section at https://sites.ed.gov/idea

Obtain a copy of your School District's Guide to the Individualized Education Plan. Linda also recommends printing a personal copy of the Federal Guide to the Individualized Education Plan to use for comparison.

*Note: Not all School District publications are easily read and understood. Many are abbreviated and difficult to read. Linda has often found that by referencing to a copy of the Federal IEP guide she has been able to clear up misunderstandings and clarify any problem questions that may arise during IEP meetings.

Occasionally Linda has also provided a personal copy of the Federal Guide to all persons in attendance at IEP meetings she attends.


After doing your initial footwork and reading begin listing questions and concerns you would like to address at your child's IEP meeting. We have provided action forms that will help you begin writing questions, concerns, and possible goals you may wish to discuss during the IEP meeting.

IEP Action Forms (Click on the links below to download the forms.)
IEP Meeting Agenda
IEP Goals Form