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Student Led IEP Meetings. Self Advocacy in Action. What is your definition of self advocacy?. Philosophy & Background. President Johnson’s “Great Society” Movement Civil Right’s Movement for children with disabilities

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Student led iep meetings

Student Led IEP Meetings

Self Advocacy in Action

Philosophy background
Philosophy & Background

  • President Johnson’s “Great Society” Movement

  • Civil Right’s Movement for children with disabilities

  • Entitlement Programs: social welfare, vocational/rehabilitation services, Medicare, services for the elderly, Head Start, and Special Education

  • Belief that these systems led to dependence instead of fostering independence

Philosophy background1
Philosophy & Background

  • Mid-1990’s Welfare Reform & change in belief system for entitlement programs

  • Special Education = IDEA 97 Reauthorization Transition to Independence

  • Meanwhile in Glenn County…

    • Lyn Smith

    • Vicki Shadd

    • Kathy Brown

Educational benefit
Educational Benefit ?

Was the Transition Plan and Transition Service Language in the IEP reasonably calculated over a 3-year period to provide Educational Benefit in the area of Post-Secondary Transition?

Student led iep meetings


  • (Grade-level Transition Assessment)

  • Identifies…


  • (Define Areas of Need)

  • Drives…


  • (Written to meet areas of Need)

  • Which Drives…


  • (In the areas of Training, Education, Employment, Daily Living)

  • Drives…


  • Ensures…


  • Did the student make yearly progress? If not, were the goals and objectives changed?

  • Were there enough transition services/activities to ensure student progress towards?

  • Career Education Work-Based Learning

  • Grade-level Transition Assessment

  • Career/Interest inventories

  • TPP match class

  • Senior Portfolio or Senior Project

  • Student-led Individual Education Plan (IEP) and Self-Advocacy Exercises

  • Drives…


  • (Does the instruction ensure student post-secondary outcomes?)

  • (Is the Accommodation & Modification Plan complete?)

  • Ensures…


Competencies of student led iep meetings
Competencies of Student Led IEP Meetings

  • To prepare for life after high school

  • To develop confidence and promote ownership

  • To promote self-advocacy and disability awareness

  • To provide structure and natural setting to practice self advocacy

  • To provide immediate feedback and assessment for learning

Student led iep meeting process
Student Led IEP Meeting PROCESS

  • Before

  • During

  • After

Before gathering evidence with the student
Before: Gathering Evidence with the Student

Psychological evaluation

Progress toward goals

Executive Functioning

Teacher reports from General Ed

Transition assessment

Critical skills assessment

Work experiences

Grades, Attendance, Discipline

What other information do you use?

Before preparing for the iep meeting

With the student:

Prepare the script


Fill-out a draft of the document

Invite the IEP team members

Before: Preparing for the IEP Meeting


The student uses the script to lead the meeting

The teacher coaches the student and redirects conversation if needed



  • Rubric – self score and student’s choice

  • Implementation – student’s take a role in making sure what was decided is carried out

  • Self- advocacy - the student is more likely to ask for what he needs because he was in on the decision

  • Increased awareness – fosters open dialog between the student and other school staff

Middle school and work ability i the beginning tools

Middle School and Work Ability IThe Beginning Tools

Student-Led IEP Meetings

Before transition portfolio

BEFORE…Transition Portfolio

During workability i expectations
DURING…WorkAbility I Expectations

6th Grade

  • Introductions

  • Share 1 piece of related information

    7th Grade

  • Introductions

  • Share an artifact from Service Learning Project, Industry Tour, or Portfolio

    8th Grade

  • Introductions

  • Share an artifact from Service Learning Project, Industry Tour, or Portfolio

  • Share High School Planner

After workability i support


Career Interview

Industry Tour

Guest Speaker

Service Learning Project

Connecting Activities

Student Data Forms

IEP/ILP meeting participation

High School Planning

High School Visit

High School Shadow

Self Advocacy Development

AFTER…WorkAbility I Support

Best practices
Best Practices

Service Learning and Tours

Self advocacy is

Self Advocacy is…

knowing yourself, knowing your rights, and asking for what you need.

Knowing yourself self reflection journals

What is the opposite of fun for me?

What kind of work can I see myself doing as an adult?

What kind of work would be torture for me?

What are my values?

What really makes me upset?

What makes me feel comfortable?

What areas do I want to improve?

How am I at communicating?

How am I at organizing?

How am I at relationships?

How am I at school? sports? other interests?

Knowing YourselfSelf-reflection journals

Who am I?What do I want for myself?What kind of life do I want?What do I like?What don't I like?What am I good at?What do I need help with?What is easy for me?What is hard for me?What is fun for me?

What interests will always be important to me?

More knowing yourself activities
More “knowing yourself” activities

  • Self portraits –with symbols represented various knowledge of self

  • Questionnaires – about goals, likes, dislikes, aptitudes

  • Learning Styles inventory

  • IEP exploration:

    • present levels

    • name of disability

    • accommodations

    • modifications

    • services

Knowing my rights teacher and students read highlighted and took notes



Rights and Responsibilities When You Turn 18

Students added these links to their blogs

Knowing my rightsteacher and students read, highlighted and took notes

Development of standards

Student-Led IEP

grade 6 – age 22


grade 6 – age 22

Development of Standards

How to get started and how to make it work
How to get started and how to make it work can handle.

  • Believe it is important

  • Identify your support partners

  • Prepare the team members for the change

  • Reframe the task

  • Scheduling Day Long IEP Meetings

Student comments
Student comments … can handle.

Tell us about the process of preparing the IEP script. What do you learn about yourself?

What is the difference for you between leading your IEP meeting and just attending your IEP meeting?