You, as the parent, are an important member of the IEP Team. The "Team" may also include:
- Your child
- Your child's teachers
- The principal
- The school nurse
- The special education director or team leader
- Speech, occupational and physical therapists
- A guidance counselor or school psychologist
- Other providers (such as your child's primary care provider (PCP) or therapist)
You have the right to invite anyone else you like, such as a state agency case manager, a special education advocate, a family member, or a friend to participate in "Team" meetings.
For more information about IEPs or special education, call the Massachusetts Department of Education at 781-338-3300 or contact the special education department in your child's school system. You may also contact the Federation for Children with Special Needs at 800-331-0688.
Tip: According to law, your child has a right to participate in Team meetings starting at age 14, but he or she may start earlier.
This information is provided by the Division for Children & Youth with Special Health Needs within the Department of Public Health.