The Individualized Education Program, usually called an IEP, is a written statement of the educational program designed to meet your child's special needs. Every child who qualifies for special education under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) must have an IEP. The IEP is the foundation document that details all the special education and related services needed for a student to receive a free appropriate public education, or FAPE. A meeting to develop the IEP must be held within 30 days of determining that the child is eligible to receive special education services.

  • Sample letter requesting evaluation for special education services.
  • Disability Rights Ohio has sample letters for communicating with your school district.
  • LD Online has a sample letter you can use to request special education services from your school system.

The Complex Care Center at Cincinnati Children's provides resources to help families find the special education programs and supports they need.