Preparing for an IEP or 504 Meeting: A Parent's Checklist

How should I prepare for the IEP/504 Plan meeting with my child's school? How can I increase the odds of getting the best accommodations for him?

Bring Someone with You

Do I have to go to the meeting alone, or can I bring someone to help me?

You may enlist someone to attend the meeting with you — a good friend, a relative, or an education advocate. IEP and 504 meetings are tough on parents, sometimes leaving them in tears. It’s good to have an ally who can take careful notes: “Mrs. Smith said such and such” or “Mr. Jones said this and this.” Otherwise, you will forget some important points. You have the right to tape-record the meeting, but you should understand that making the request sometimes makes school officials defensive.

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