Despite the “legal” role of parents as equal members of the IEP/IFSP team, most families enter the IEP/IFSP process with less power and resources than the professionals representing the school system. This power imbalance contributes to conflict in the IEP/IFSP process. IEP/IFSP facilitation has the potential to level the playing field between families and professionals but only if it is conducted with a thorough understanding of the power relationships between families and school systems and knowledge of strategies to empower families in the IEP/IFSP process. This workshop will provide insights into the emotions experienced by families at IEP/IFSP meetings and effective IEP/IFSP facilitation strategies to empower families while building the partnership between families and school systems.

CADRE's National Symposium on IEP Facilitation