Well, the IEP came and went. We just received a copy this week. Wouldn’t know it, the Special Ed. Dept didn’t put in what they said they would. They were going to write in specific instructions about how the shadow would interact with Nolan in the classroom setting. In addition, they were going to write in a fade out plan. So, when I read the IEP and said that I wasn’t going to sign the IEP until the team made the changes that we discussed. The Special Ed. Dept. replied, “The IEP is closed, so we can’t make any changes.” What???? So, I sent a follow-up email that said, “What does closed mean? and can’t we do an addendum ?” Their response was, “No, we can’t do an addendum and you will just have to sign that you disagree and go to due process.”
The school is just ramming this choice down our throats. We have had no say what so ever. What is really disheartening is that the schools don’t care. They need to churn out these IEP’s and get them done as fast as they can. In fact they are moving so fast that my son’s school site forgets to proof read these IEP’s because they are full of misspelled words. When I mentioned that this needed to be edited and I needed a clean copy they denied that request as well.
You should always be given a clean copy (error free) of your IEP. However, it would be too professional for public schools to abide by this standard. Far be it from any of the staff members to proof read their work.
Let’s just say I am happy to be done with this school. I hope the high school will be much more positive.