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‘IEP Checklist’ iPhone App Aims To Level Playing Field

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Forget the pen and paper at your next IEP meeting. A new iPhone app is designed to organize the process, providing legal tips and a place for notes all in the palm of your hand.

The app for iPhone or iPod Touch organizes the individualized education plan, or IEP, meeting into categories such as “current performance” and “annual goals.” When a category is selected, there is a brief description of the legal requirements and an opportunity for the user to insert a goal or notes.

The free app, known as IEP Checklist, was developed by the Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center, a Virginia center that’s part of a national network of special education parent information and training centers funded by the Department of Education.

“This application can empower families and equalize the relationship between families and professionals,” said Paula Goldberg, executive director of the PACER Center, a Minnesota training center. “I can also visualize young people working on their own IEPs, being able to reference the federal regulations that say that their transition goals are supposed to be based on their strengths, needs, preferences and interests.”

The IEP Checklist app can be downloaded at the iTunes store.

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  1. taniamorse85 says:

    Awesome! I don’t have an iPhone or iPod Touch, but many of the apps I’ve heard about lately have definitely increased the likelihood of me getting one in the future. I am past the point of needing IEPs, as I have already graduated from college, but I’m sure this app will come in quite handy for many other parents and students.

  2. wgnburnr says:

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