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IEP Meetings can be Designed to Meet Your Child's Language and Communication Needs

Learn how through a webinar series created by families, teachers and students who are deaf, deafblind & hard of hearing

1/31/2018 10:00:01 AM

ASL version

If you are DeafBlind or prefer to watch the video in a slow-paced, higher contrast format, watch the DeafBlind friendlier ASL version instead.

English version

Hello, I am a parent of children who are deaf and I’m always learning about the IEP process. The Commission of Deaf, DeafBlind & Hard of Hearing Minnesotans (MNCDHH) and the Minnesota Department of Education have worked together and produced webinars that will help parents like us and also teachers of our children.  

Here are some questions you might have:

  • You might need more information about how the IEP process works for your child.
  • You may want to learn how language and communication needs that are unique for your child can be talked about in IEP meetings.
  • Maybe you are curious about a transition meeting for your teenager and how they can have a leadership role in the meeting.
  • Your child may have additional special needs and you want to know what the team could include in the discussion at an IEP meeting.
  • Maybe you are a teacher who wants to have more ideas for writing a language-focused IEP for your students.

Learn the answers and more when you watch the webinars that show examples on how the Language and Communication-Focused IEP for Learners who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing: Discussion Guide (PDF) can be used effectively in IEP meetings.

We would like to thank the following individuals for their work in creating both the Discussion Guide and the Webinars that help to explain how to use it. 

The Discussion Guide was originally created by the members of the Collaborative Plan stakeholders in 2015. The members were:

  • Kelly Anderson - Metro Deaf School
  • Melissa Buck - Northern Lights Districts
  • Deanne Curran - Pacer Center
  • Mandy Fredrickson - Metro Deaf School
  • Carla Larson - Duluth Public Schools
  • Emily Manson - St. Paul Public Schools
  • Ann Mayes - ISD 917
  • Nanette McDevitt – GM Launch Pad
  • Susan Meredith – Minneapolis Public Schools
  • Jody Olson -  Minnesota State Academies
  • Mark Schwartz -  Minnesota State Academies
  • Susan Rose - University of Minnesota
  • Valerie Shirley - ISD 196
  • Jody Waldo - ISD 916

We want to thank the following local community members who were involved with the production of the Discussion Guide webinars:

  • Kelly Anderson
  • Mary and Luke Stadelman
  • Jenna, Justin and Javanna Johnson
  • Sheridan Anderson and Norah
  • Sahra Geed and Sekeriye
  • Adan Burke
  • Jody Waldo
  • Ann Mayes
  • Mai Lor 
  • Nanette McDevitt
  • Susan Lane-Outlaw
  • Jay Fehrman
  • Susan Boinis
  • Anna Paulson
  • Anne Sittner Anderson
  • Digiterp Solutions

Are you ready to view the webinars? Visit the IEP Discussion Guide webinars


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