Planning for happiness and success after High School is such an important part of Growing up. Individual Education Plans (IEP’s) are to help provide a free appropriate public education designed to meet unique needs and prepare students for further education, employment and independent living. Parent awareness is very important to support this process. The thought that our child with a disability is NEVER going to leave home begins to hit home as goals for the future are being discussed and met. Parent’s must think and plan ahead- not waiting until just before graduation-because that is TOO LATE!
Congress finds that a DISABILITY is a natural part of the human experience and in no way diminished the right of the individuals to participate in or contribute to society. This includes such things as:
· Living independently
· Enjoying self-determination
· Making choices
· Pursuing meaningful careers
· Enjoying full inclusion and integration in the economical, political, social, cultural, and economic mainstreaming in American society.