You can succeed in challenging meetings regarding your attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) child's individualized education plan (IEP) with teachers and school administrators. Lee Ann Karg, M.Ed., founder of The Karg Academy, a private, not-for-profit special-education service, gives you a short list of parents’ rights:
You have the right to bring in a special-education advocate or a disability specialist to provide expertise on every aspect of your child’s disability, as it pertains to state and federal education law.
You have the right to audio-record the entire meeting, as long as you give prior notice of your intent. (Remember, you’re not Linda Tripp if you ask for permission.)
You have the right to stop anyone at any time to ask questions. You also have the right to insist on getting answers immediately, not at the end of the meeting.
More for Parents Attending IEP Meetings
ADD/ADHD and Learning Disabilities: Educational Rights, Accommodations
Meet the Teachers: How to Have a Successful IEP Meeting
Individualized Education Plan Failures...and Fixes!
Is Your Child's IEP Working? Checking Up on ADD/ADHD Accommodations
This article appeared in the Spring 2011 issue of ADDitude. SUBSCRIBE TODAY to ensure you don't miss a single issue.