1. Understand the definition of FAPE.
FAPE refers to the provision of free and appropriate public education to students with disabilities. This includes special education and related services that are tailored to meet the individual needs of each student.
2. Familiarize yourself with your rights under FAPE.
Students with disabilities have the right to receive a FAPE that meets their individual needs. This means that they have the right to receive an education that is tailored to their specific needs, and that meets or exceeds the standards set by their state. Students also have the right to participate in all aspects of their school community, including extracurricular activities and social interactions.
3. Learn about your school district's policies and procedures related to FAPE.
Each school district has its own policies and procedures related to FAPE. It is important for students and parents to familiarize themselves with these policies so that they know what is required of them and their school district.
4. Advocate for what you need in order to receive a FAPE that meets your individual needs.
Parents and students are responsible for advocating for what they need in order to receive a FAPE that meets their individual needs. This may include requesting an IEP meeting, providing input on IEP goals, or requesting a specific accommodation or service.
5. Follow through on any necessary paperwork or steps to ensure that you receive a FAPE that meets your needs.
In order to ensure that they are receiving a FAPE that meets their individual needs, students and parents must follow through on any necessary paperwork or steps. This may include submitting IEP paperwork on time, attending IEP meetings, or requesting specific services or accommodations.
6. Stay informed about updates related to FAPE law and policy changes that may impact you as a student with disabilities.
Students and parents should stay informed about updates related to FAPE law and policy changes. These updates may impact them directly as a student with disabilities, or may impact their school district's policies and procedures related to FAPE. Updates can be found on the U.S. Department of Education's website or through other sources, such as advocacy organizations or disability rights organizations.