Review your case file with your parents and Individual Education Plan (IEP) team to better understand your disability and its effect on your learning. Ask for copies of your IEP/504 and other assessment reports. Ask these questions:
- What is my disability?
- How does it affect how I learn?
- What are my academic strengths?
- How do I learn best?
- What strategies can I use to help me learn?
Consider meeting with the doctor or school psychologist who performed your assessment (testing) for the terms needed to explain your disability.
Take an active part in the discussions at your IEP/504 meetings. Understanding your learning strengths and weaknesses gives you valuable knowledge that can influence your IEP/504 planning and the services you may request in college.
Before each IEP/504 meeting:
- Understand the purpose of the meeting.
- Know who will be there and their role at the meeting.
- Review the report from your last IEP/504 meeting. Understand the goals listed on the report.
- Practice saying how you accomplished the goals.
- Establish new goals and be prepared to state them.
At the IEP/504 meeting:
- Summarize your past goals and accomplishments.
- State your new goals.
- Ask for ideas and feedback from other members.
- Know what support and help you will need to accomplish your goals — and ask for it.
- Ask questions if you don’t understand.