If your child is eligible for special education, you will meet together with a group of people to develop the Individualized Education Program (IEP). This group is usually called the IEP "Team." The IEP is reviewed each year, but you can ask the IEP Team to meet at any time if you think a change might be needed.

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.