Sometimes you can do it alone; sometimes you need guidance and expertise in order to get the job done right. Filing your child’s Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) or transitioning to an Individual Education Plan (IEP) is a process that may require professional assistance. Negotiating the best educational plan for your child is one of the most important gifts you can give them as what you decide will impact them for years to come. When advocating for your child, do your research and get support from a professional or a friend.

“Who is rich? He/she who rejoices in his/her portion.”

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The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) was the initial legislation that gave individuals with special needs the right to get an education that would give them the best possible opportunity to learn. Students in special education are required by federal law to have an Individualized Education Plan (IEP). For additional information, visit Disability Rights Florida

Additional community resources: The Advocacy Center for Persons with Disabilities Inc. is a nonprofit organization providing protection and advocacy services in the State of Florida. The Center’s mission is to advance the dignity, equality, self-determination and expressed choices of individuals with disabilities.

Learning Disability Association of America (LDA) is an organization of parents and professionals working to help students with disabilities succeed with a focus on prevention, early and effective intervention and a successful transition to adult life. The organization’s goals are to ensure that students with learning disabilities are well-represented in the State of Florida accountability system and school choice initiatives.

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