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How does the eligibility for Individualized Education Program (IEP) start?

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Before an IEP can be created for a child with autism, there is a process to determine whether he or she is eligible for special education.

To start the process, your child needs to be evaluated for a disability. That includes autism spectrum disorder or ASD. Either you as a parent or an educational professional in your child's school district needs to request evaluation. If the district makes the request, your consent is needed before the evaluation can be done.

SOURCES:

U.S. Department of Education: "A Guide to the Individualized Education Program."

Autism Society of Greater Cleveland: "Developing Your Child's IEP."

Autism Society of America: "Individualized Education Plan."

Autism Research Society: "Helping Your Child to Help Him/Herself: Beginning Self-Advocacy."

Organization for Autism Research: "Individualized Education Programs."

University of South Dakota, Sanford School of Medicine: "Writing a Good IEP for Student with Autism."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on May 20, 2018

SOURCES:

U.S. Department of Education: "A Guide to the Individualized Education Program."

Autism Society of Greater Cleveland: "Developing Your Child's IEP."

Autism Society of America: "Individualized Education Plan."

Autism Research Society: "Helping Your Child to Help Him/Herself: Beginning Self-Advocacy."

Organization for Autism Research: "Individualized Education Programs."

University of South Dakota, Sanford School of Medicine: "Writing a Good IEP for Student with Autism."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on May 20, 2018

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