There is no question that getting ready for an IEP meeting can be a stressful and intimidating experience. The amount of information that parents must absorb and be expected to understand about their child and their educational needs is staggering. Instead of being paralyzed by information overload, empower yourself by getting organized, learning about students’ rights under the law and utilizing data to your child’s advantage.
Here are some easy to use tools that you can access using your mobile device to help prepare for IEP meetings. Many of them are free and available for both Apple and Android devices. Transform your fear into confidence and make your next IEP meeting the best one yet!
myIEPmeeting by Excent Corporation – MyIEPmeeting is an organizational tool that helps parents and guardians effectively participate in their student’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP) process. Features include checklists for organizing information, a behavior tracker, task lists, contact manager to store team members’ contact information and the ability to store files such as PDFs, photos & videos. Price: $1.99,
Full review: http://bridgingapps.org/app/?id=479474205
iAdvocate by Syracuse University – iAdvocate is a helpful tool for parents to use as a resource to help them advocate for their children with special needs in the educational environment. The app is divided into sections including Strategies, Resources, and Responses. Strategies include basic information about an Individual Education Plan (IEP), writing goals, the importance of documentation, knowing the law and getting support. The Resources section contains a list of articles, books, films, websites and a summary of inclusion-related court cases. Price: Free
Full review: http://bridgingapps.org/app/?id=427814325
Common Core Standards by MasteryConnect – With the adoption of Common Core Standards by many states, this app helps parents have access to the standards in an easy to read format. It can be invaluable in preparing for an IEP meeting or even during an IEP meeting to understand grade level expectations. There is a section within the app that explains how the CCSS applies to students with disabilities. Topics covered include instructional supports for learning, accommodations, and Assistive Technology to ensure success. Price: Free
Full Review: http://bridgingapps.org/app/?id=439424555
Voice Recorder HD for Audio Recording, Playback, Trimming and Sharing by eFUSION Co., Ltd. – This app is an excellent voice recorder with many outstanding features that can be used for a variety of purposes. The recorder itself is quite easy to use with very high quality sound. Features that we love and advantages that this app has over other similar voice recording apps is the ability to record for long periods of time and to be able to share/save the recordings outside of the app itself. Other uses we have found for this app have been recording information from medical appointments to remember later and recording IEP meetings for documentation purposes. Price: $1.99
Full review: http://bridgingapps.org/app/?id=373045717
View full article with lots more apps on page 48 in the April Issue of Parenting Special Needs Magazine