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Initial Steps to the IEP Process

IEP ProcesIt can be overwhelming to think that your child is falling behind at school or might have needs that are not being addressed by the school or that your child may have a learning disability or developmental delay.  However, by taking the right steps you can start to get help for your child and begin to address educational concerns.

Individualized Education Programs (IEP) are created for all children who qualify for Special Education Services. This Plan will be the foundation for a child’s education, and parents/guardians have a significant role in building it. This document will list the special education services a child will receive based on their individual needs and goals.  This is a legally binding document.

To determine if a child qualifies for Special Education Services, there are three paths this step can follow:

  1. An independent, private professional can perform a special education evaluation; or
  2. Parents can contact the school and request that an evaluation be completed to determine if their child has a disability. Remember: it is best to put this request in writing; or
  3. The school may make a referral that a child be evaluated based on their observations. Remember: The school must obtain written permission prior to performing this testing
  • Under the federal IDEA regulation and Georgia law, the evaluation needs to be completed within 60 days after parental consent.
  • Once testing is completed, a group of qualified professionals and the parent/guardian will meet to determine if the child is eligible for special education as defined by the IDEA.
  • The IEP meeting is held.  If the child is determined to be eligible for special education services, then a meeting to formulate and write the IEP plan must be held within 30 calendar days.
  • The IEP is formulated.  Remember: Parents/guardians have the right to take home this document and review it prior to signing it. This is essentially a contract setting out all the educational services and accommodations your child will receive for one year. It should be carefully examined and considered.  Remember: Parents/guardians have the right to disagree with what the school has proposed.
  • Once the parents and school agree on the plan, the IEP is implemented.

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Jeyaram & Associates to Host Free Legal Seminars: Healthcare, Corporate, Administrative and Education Law

Jeyaram & Associates Free Legal SeminarsTell us what you want!

We’re putting together a schedule of *free* legal seminars hosted by Jeyaram & Associates for this fall, and we want to hear what you want you want to learn about!

Past seminars have included:
* “How to Prepare for a Payor Audit”
* “The Do’s and Dont’s of Physician Contracts”
* “Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) Appeals”
* “Tips on How to Prepare for an IEP”

….and more

But we want to know what’s on your mind and what you need!

We’ll send invites later this summer for the free seminars.

Let us know your healthcare, corporate, administrative, and legal education needs!

How To Request The Georgia Special Needs Scholarship – What You Need To Know

IEP Education LawIf you have a child whom receives special education services in Georgia and meets certain eligibility requirements, you have the right to transfer your child to:

  1. another public school within your district of residence, or
  2. another public school outside your district of residence, or
  3. one of three state schools for the blind or deaf, or
  4. a private school authorized to participate in the scholarship program

if you believe your child would be better served.

If you are interested in offsetting the costs of sending your child to a private school, you must select a private school that participates in the Georgia Specials Needs Scholarship (GSNS) Program.  To qualify for the GSNS Program, your child must meet the following requirements:

  1. A student must have a parent/guardian who currently lives in Georgia and has been a resident for at least one calendar year.
  2. A student was enrolled and attended a Georgia public school (grades K-12) the entire 2012-2013 school year. Pre-school special education students do not quality. A student must complete a full year in kindergarten before he/she can be eligible.
  3. A student was reported by a school district(s) during mandatory student counts conducted in October 2012-2013 and March 2013 by public schools.
  4. A student does not need to have an Individualized Education Program (IEP) for the entire school year to qualify for the scholarship program. A student *must* have received special education services at some point during the 2012-2013 school year under an IEP. A student must be reported by a school district(s) in either the October 2013 or March 2013 student counts or in final student record as a student receiving special education services by the end of the school year.

Scholarship funds received through the GSNS Program can only be used to offset tuition and fees at a private school authorized by the State Board of Education. Funds *cannot* be used to offset the costs of out of district tuition, charter schools or other options available under public school choice.

The deadline to have a student enrolled in a private school through the GSNS Program for the 2013-2014 school year is September 16, 2013. No exceptions.

For more information about the scholarship program or if you need assistance with your child’s IEP , please contact at Jeyaram & Associates.


Jeyaram & Associates Now Provides Education and IEP Legal Services

IEP Jeyaram & Associates now provides advocacy and legal assistance in education, specializing in IEPs.

As educational advocates for your child, Jeyaram & Associates help you understand your child’s legal rights and champion what’s best for your child academically. As the father of a special needs child, Attorney DJ Jeyaram has first hand experience with the intricacies of IEPs and navigating the complex education process.

At Jeyaram & Associates, we believe every child should be given the opportunity to reach their fullest potential. To achieve that potential, parents and education professionals must work together as a team.

However, sometimes this approach is not effective and additional assistance is needed. Jeyaram & Associates can help you partner with the school district to develop a plan that optimizes your child’s learning potential.

We’re committed to building positive relationships with you, your child and your child’s educators to develop an academic plan that creates a positive learning environment and experience for your child.

We’re here to help your child. At Jeyaram & Associates, we take a hands-on, positive and objective approach to helping you navigate the IEP process. In addition to legal representation and experience, the firm’s team has experienced special education advocates to help you. We’ll help you prepare for IEP meetings, during the meetings and after – including appeals if necessary.