Why IEP?

Our Story

Today in the United States, approximately one (1) out of every ten (10) public school students is identified as having a disability and approximately one percent (1%) of those students identified, receives an equal opportunity to a free and appropriate public education.

All over the United States, children with special needs struggle with an education system that discriminates against them and their disabilities. This inherently unequal system continues to fail them and despite laws enacted to protect individuals with disabilities, students with disabilities and their families have to look for help outside of the school district to protect their children’s rights. In some cases, school districts deny these students their state and federal rights by withholding appropriate placement, services, and accommodations.

A majority of families with special needs children are unaware of the federal right to a free and appropriate public education for students with disabilities. The few families aware of this federal right and who actually try and advocate on behalf of their child with special needs on their own, get lost in the highly complicated and biased legal system.

Although this legal system started out with the intention of being a “parent-friendly” process where families would be able to advocate on behalf of their child without the need for an attorney, over the years, it has developed into a convoluted bureaucracy of state agencies acting without accountability and without adequate enforcement of state and federal timelines.

Parents now require an attorney to help navigate through intricate and lengthy assessment processes, Individualized Education Program (“IEP”) meetings, California Department of Education complaints, Office of Administrative Hearing requests, and federal court appeals just so their child can access a free and appropriate public education.

The Inclusive Education Project (“IEP”) is a non-profit organization that educates families on special education rights and provides FREE pro-bono legal aid to low income California families.

Through its efforts, IEP will “level the playing field” of the public education system for children living with disabilities.

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Donor contributions go to fund community presentations which help educate and empower families to advocate on behalf of their children living with special needs. Additionally, donor contributions fund pro-bono sponsorship of low income families who require legal aide. Donor contributions flow directly to students living with disabilities and their families who fight for the right to a free and appropriate public education.