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The right to participate in meetings related to their child is one of the most important and powerful of parent rights.

Parents have the right to participate in meetings with respect to the:

  • their child’s identification,
  • their child’s evaluation,
  • their child’s educational placement, and
  • provision of FAPE (free appropriate public education) to their child.

This includes the right to participate in meetings to develop, review, or revise their child’s individualized education program (IEP). (1) Parents also have the right to be part of:

  • any group that determines if the child is a “child with a disability” and, for that reason, is eligible to receive special education and related services under IDEA (2);
  • the IEP team (which develops, reviews, and revises the IEP of their child) (3); and
  • any group that makes decisions related to the educational placement of their child. (4)

Keep reading to learn the details of this right.