14. Authorize alternative means of meeting participation.

When conducting IEP Team meetings and placement meetings pursuant to subparts D and E of Part 300, and carrying out administrative matters under section 615 of the IDEA (such as scheduling, exchange of witness lists, and status conferences), the parent of a child with a disability and a public agency may agree to use alternative means of meeting participation, such as video conferences and conference calls.
[34 CFR 300.328] [20 U.S.C. 1414(f)]

Dialogue Starter - Cross-stakeholder

Reaction Questions

  1. What new technologies are available in your area/school which might be available for use? Provide examples.

  2. What are the pros and cons for using alternative meeting options (e.g., video/audio conferencing/webinar) for IEP development?

  3. How might IEP development be impacted as a result of using alternative meeting options?

Application Questions

  1. How do districts ensure alternative meeting options are available to all families who wish to pursue this option?

  2. What type of information and training might be necessary to support this option for both school personnel and families? Training for both accessibility and for how to use.

  3. What alternative formats are currently available in your school district and could they be used for meeting participation?

    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