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Who determines eligibility for an Individualized Education Program (IEP)?

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Professionals in your child's school district are usually the ones who do the evaluation, but it can also be done by a developmental pediatrician or psychologist. The evaluation determines if your child is eligible for special education. It also helps identify the special services your child might need.

If you think your child's evaluation isn't accurate, you can ask for an independent evaluation from a professional from outside the school district. Your child's district may pay for that evaluation.

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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