2017 National Federation of the Blind Youth Slam

By: Seth Lamkin

“In the classroom people don’t always ask us to get involved…”

“My science teacher didn’t want me to do anything…”

“People say, ‘it’s for your own good, it’s better if you don’t have to do it…'”

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The Legal Side of Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) for Blind and Visually Impaired Students

By Carlton Anne Cook Walker, J.D., M.B.A., M.Ed., Manager of Braille Education Programs for the National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute

Overview
Legal Basis
Eligibility
IEP Team and Its Responsibilities
Development of the IEP
After the IEP

Overview

Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) provide the basis for special education services and equipment provided to children with disabilities in the United States. For families, IEP meetings can be stressful and overwhelming. Having information about the law upon which IEPs are based can empower parents to advocate for their children with more confidence.

 

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The Goal of Goals in IEPs

From the Editor:

Carlton Walker, our Manager of Braille Education Programs, writes about the purpose of creating goals in IEPs and why it is important to track them and modify them in accordance with the child's progress. 

 

By Carlton Walker

In preparing for meetings of the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) team, both parents and educators spend a great deal of time focused upon goals. Understanding the purpose and basis of goals can help all involved achieve this objective.

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The Importance of Keeping Written Records for IEP Meetings

From the Editor:

The fourth entry in our series about Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) contains valuable tips on documentation and why writing things down is so important.

 

By Melissa Riccobono

 

What is the purpose of your upcoming meeting? What has been going well? What needs to change? These are three questions you should ask yourself before each IEP meeting for your child. It is essential to know what things you want to accomplish and to be able to steer the meeting in the direction you need it to go and avoid being sidetracked by other topics or concerns. I have found the best way to accomplish this is to write things down ahead of time, make sure my points are as clear as possible, and to share my writing with the IEP team. Writing things down helps in the following ways.

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A Member of the Team: Playing an Active Role on Your Blind Child’s IEP Team

From the Editor:

 

Participating in your child's IEP meeting is extremely important to ensure that he or she is set up for success. In the third installment of our blog series on this topic, Melissa Riccobono gives us tips on how to be an active member of the team.

 

By Melissa Riccobono

 

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An Overview of IEP Assessments

From the Editor:

This week, Melissa Riccobono gives us an overview of the different factors and assessments that go into an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) for school-aged children. Visit www.nopbc.org for more information.

 

By Melissa Riccobono

In order to craft appropriate goals for an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), the team needs recent, high quality data. This data needs to cover the child’s current skills, strengths, and FACTOR IN future success.

Here are some things to keep in mind when assessments are administered to, and interpreted for, children who are blind or low vision.  

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It Happens Every Day

From the Editor:

Preparing your family for the back-to-school season can be overwhelming, especially if, along with the ABCs, you have to worry about IEPs. In this post, Melissa Riccobono writes about the all-too-common experience parents of blind children encounter when advocating for the success of their children in the classroom. For more information about parenting resources, you can visit the website of the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children at www.nopbc.org.

 

By Melissa Riccobono

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Don’t Deny AIM-HE

From the Editor:

Kathryn Webster is the president of the National Association of Blind Students (NABS), the largest organized group of blind students in the United States. In this piece, she writes about the critical need for blind students in higher education to receive instructional materials at the same time as their sighted peers. To learn more about NABS, visit nabslink.org

By Kathryn Webster

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Expedia and National Federation of the Blind Announce Scholarship Winners

From the Editor:

One of the highlights at national convention is the presentation of scholarships which takes place at the banquet. This year, Expedia.com contributed two three thousand dollar scholarships to our recipients. This week's blog focusses on the winners of these funds.

 

By Tarran Street

 

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