Conference: IDIO 2022
Date: August 25, 2022
Presenters: Debbie Cate, Mary Peters
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act includes requirements for developing Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) and determining placements for preschool children with disabilities. These requirements underscore the relationships of access, participation, quality, equity, effective services, and sound least restrictive environment (LRE) decisions. Crafting quality, functional IEPs, and beginning the placement discussion by considering services in regular early childhood programs, will lead to improved and equitable outcomes for every child and their families. Through a series of activities that can be used to support equitable state and district decision-making expectations and processes, this session focused on how LRE requirements are implemented at the IEP level.