IEP Meeting Checklist for Parents | Center for Parent Information and Resources

From the Center for Parent Information and Resources:

“Parent Advocacy Network’s SPAN’S IEP Meeting Checklist for Parents provides an outline of how to prepare and what to expect at the IEP meeting. You may wish to review this checklist prior to starting your IEP meeting; you may wish to send a copy to your team prior to the meeting so they can use it to prepare. As you go through your IEP meeting, check to make sure that each of the issues on the checklist is addressed by your team. If it is not addressed, ask your team to discuss it.”

Download via IEP Meeting Checklist for Parents | Center for Parent Information and Resources.


Calling All Transition Teams in NYS! Do you know a young adult with hearing & vision loss between the ages of 14 – 21?

Calling All Transition Teams in NYS! Do you know a young adult with hearing & vision loss between the ages of 14 – 21? The Interdisciplinary Transition Team Initiative (ITTI) is an academic year-long transition planning initiative that incorporates evidence based practices for young adults who have combined hearing and vision loss between the ages of 14-21, their families and educational team members.

The overall purpose of the ITTI is to bring interdisciplinary team members together to identify and support the goals of a young adult who is deaf-blind. Once transition teams have been established they will participate in two face-to-face sessions and monthly web meetings over the 2014-2015 school year. These monthly sessions are supplemented with transition planning activities. The teams are provided with guiding principles and practical tools that have proven successful for transition-age young adults who are deaf-blind. Staff from the New York Deaf-Blind Collaborative will provide on-going support throughout the initiative.


  • Young adults who are deaf-blind (combined hearing & vision loss)
  • Between the ages of 14-21
  • Resides in New York State


  • Young adult who is deaf-blind
  • Commitment from transition team & support from administration
  • Family participation
  • Attendance at two face-to-face meetings (1 in Fall 2014, 1 in Spring 2015)
  • Participation in monthly web meetings
  • Completion of transition planning activities
  • Local travel

The ITTI kicks-off September 2014! For more information or to register your team please contact:

Susanne Morrow


*If you live outside of NYS but are interested in participating, please contact us and we will connect you with your respective state deaf-blind project.


U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy – Individualized Learning Plan

You may have heard about something called an Individualized Learning Plan ILP. Maybe you’ve even got one! If you do have one, you have a choice: 1 Start it and treat it like any other assignment, or 2 KICKSTART it into an experience that empowers you to take charge of your future.This guide can help you KICKSTART your ILP by answering these five key questions:What exactly is an ILP?What are some examples of ILP activities?Why does an ILP matter?Can an ILP really help me?How do I KICKSTART my ILP?

via U.S. Department of Labor — ODEP – Office of Disability Employment Policy – Individualized Learning Plan.


Parents as Transition Helpers (PATH): A Four-Part Webinar Series

From The Advocacy Center: Parents as Transition Helpers (PATH) is a four part series which will provide information to help students with disabilities and their families plan and prepare for life after high school. Topics to be covered include:

Session 1 ~ May 6 ~ 12:00-1:00pm
~ Developing a Vision
~ Getting and Keeping the First Job

Session 2 – May 13 ~ 12:00-1:00pm
~ Pathways to Graduation – Understanding Diploma and Credential Options

Session 3 – May 20 ~ 12:00-1:00pm
~ Transition on the IEP

Session 4 – May 27 ~ 12:00-1:00pm
~ Overview of Services and Eligibility for the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD)
~ Overview of 17 A Guardianship for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities

This series is being presented online only.

Use this link to register for the entire series:

Presented by: The Advocacy Center and LDA Life and Learning Services, in collaboration with Future Care Planning Services, and Midwest Regional Special Education Technical Assistance Support Center (RSE-TASC).


Edutopia: Financial Literacy in High School: Necessary and Relevant

From Edutopia: “Most high school students are making financial choices now. Many shop, have jobs, pay bills, are eligible for tax refunds if they file, have accounts at financial institutions, make car payments, pay car insurance — and most importantly, college-bound students are preparing to make a student debt choice. Financial literacy lessons help these kids grapple with the adult choices they already face as teenagers.” Read more…