Friday, September 3, 2010

Fast Fact Friday: Special Factors

In addition to the "required content" for Individualized Education Plans, the I.D.E.A. sets forth five "special factors" that IEP teams are required to consider in development of the special education student's program:

1. Positive Behavioral Interventions - "in the case of a child whose behavior impedes the child's learning or that of others, consider the use of positive behavioral interventions and supports, and other strategies, to address that behavior;"

2. Language Needs - "in the case of a child with limited English proficiency, consider the language needs of the child as those needs related to the child's IEP;"

3. Braille - "in the case of a child who is blind or visually impaired, provide for instruction in Braille and the use of Braille unless the IEP team determines after an evaluation... that instruction in Braille is not appropriate for the child;"

4. Communication mode - "consider the communication needs of the child, and in the case of a child who is deaf or hard of hearing, consider the child's language and communication needs, opportunities for direct communications with peers and personnel in the child's language and communication mode, academic level, and full range of needs, including opportunities for direct instruction in the child's language and communication mode;"

5. Assistive Technology - "consider whether the child needs assistive technology devices and services."

34 C.F.R. section 300.324(a)(2).

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