7. Require that the IEP be accessible to teachers and others responsible for its implementation.

Each public agency must ensure that:
  • The child’s IEP is accessible to each regular education teacher, special education teacher, related services provider, and any other service provider who is responsible for its implementation; and
  • Each teacher and provider described in this provision, is informed of his or her specific responsibilities related to implementing the child’s IEP and the specific accommodations, modifications, and supports that must be provided for the child in accordance with the IEP.
[34 CFR 300.323(d)]

Dialogue Starter - Cross-stakeholder

Reaction Questions

  1. In your opinion, what is meant by “accessibility”? Does it include format as well as availability of the information? Does it include the location of the files?

  2. What are accessibility issues that exist in your school for those who are responsible for implementation?
    • Administrators?
    • Teachers?
    • Substitute teachers?
    • Related service providers?
    • Paraeducators?

  3. How much or what portions of the IEP need to be accessible for each of these individuals?

Application Questions

  1. What procedures can be put in place to ensure that all persons responsible for implementation have access to, understand, and fulfill the requirements of the IEP?

  2. What kind of training will be provided to ensure all of the individuals who have access to the IEP, understand confidentiality of the information located in the document?

    These questions were developed by the following stakeholders working together:

    Role: Family Member
    Location: Arizona

    Role: Special Education Administrator
    Location: California

    Role: Teacher
    Location: Colorado

    Role: Educational Consultant
    Location: Florida

    Role: Special Education Administrator
    Location: Georgia

    Role: Higher Education
    Location: Indiana

    Role: Service Provider
    Location: Kentucky

    Role: Teacher
    Location: South Carolina

    Role: Family Member
    Location: West Virginia

    Role: Family Member
    Location: Wisconsin