Having students actively participate in their IEP meetings helps ensure IEP meetings are student-focused, which may prevent conflict and increase parent satisfaction. In practice, students are often not invited to their IEP meetings until they are transition age. In this presentation to the Council for Exceptional Children, Lane discussed parent perceptions of early student involvement for their deafblind children.
Participants learned to: 1. Identify the barriers to involving young students who are deafblind in their IEP meetings. 2. Understand the benefits of early student involvement. 3. Understand the impacts of student self-advocacy and involvement on parent-school collaboration.