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Still_Learning's Avatar Still_Learning 02:08 PM 08-10-2012
DS has dysgraphia and pandas. He needs some supports in school, his teacher suggested an IEP. The evaluator that diagnosed his dysgraphia told us NOT to go for an IEP as any student with an IEP can not be given a regular diploma. Is that right???

MeepyCat's Avatar MeepyCat 02:35 PM 08-10-2012

That does not sound right.  I am sure that plenty of kids with IEPs have been given regular diplomas, otherwise there wouldn't be all that fussing about the parents of perfectly bright kids seeking IEPs to get their kiddos extra test-taking time.  I would want to consult other authorities if I were you.
 


Still_Learning's Avatar Still_Learning 03:39 PM 08-10-2012
It didn't sound right to me, which is why I am asking here. Not sure how to find this out.
JenniO11's Avatar JenniO11 03:47 PM 08-10-2012

My younger brother had an IEP from 1st-12th grades due to serious medical issues, and he absolutely received a regular diploma, was accepted to college, etc etc.  I have never heard of an IEP impacting a student getting their diploma from a public school - in fact, that sounds like illegal discrimination to me.  I would check with your school district or a counselor at your child's school, they would probably know.


LindyGirl's Avatar LindyGirl 04:02 PM 08-10-2012

No, that's not right at all. Students with an IEP can and do get regular diplomas -- the person who told you that was misinformed.
 


Emmeline II's Avatar Emmeline II 10:19 PM 08-11-2012
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Originally Posted by Still_Learning View Post

DS has dysgraphia and pandas. He needs some supports in school, his teacher suggested an IEP. The evaluator that diagnosed his dysgraphia told us NOT to go for an IEP as any student with an IEP can not be given a regular diploma. Is that right???


  jaw2.gifNope, not correct nono.gif. IDEA is about ensuring access to the general education curriculum in the regular education classroom to the maximum extent possible, not prohibiting SE students from receiving a regular diploma. If your child meets course standards (even with an IEP duh.gif ) then he gets a regular diploma. It's always a good idea to verify these things--I was told by my ds' school 1st-that I could not see ds' evaluation prior to it's presentation at the IEP meeting, then that it was up to the evaluator whether or not I saw my ds' evaluation prior to the IEP meeting-- I emailed them the text of the federal statute and a link wink1.gif. My state's law actually states that they have to provide it to me 3 days prior to the meeting.

 

http://www.wrightslaw.com/nltr/11/nl.0517.htm

 

"Wrightslaw: From Education to Advocacy"

"Wrighslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition"

"Wrightslaw: All About IEPs"


34me's Avatar 34me 12:46 AM 08-12-2012
If your child has an IEP so that they can fulfill the requirements set forth by your district/state to receive a diploma he can earn one. If despite your child's IEP they do not fulfill graduation requirements they will probably receive a certificate of completion.
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