Parent Survey



Special Education Advisor,  An IEP for Mom, and, Our Special Families Village, are joining us to celebrate Life After IEPs first birthday – with this Survey.


We share a common mission. We want your child to thrive now – and in the future. And we want to empower you with the resources you need to help your child learn and grow.

During the tween, teen and young adult years, your child’s needs are changing. And so are yours. The best way for us to know how to support you well – is to ask you. Directly.

The Survey

The Plan Now for Life After IEPs Parent Survey includes 11 questions.

We won’t ask for your name or contact information.

The questions will help you think about your current priorities as you and your child plan for life after high school. Please respond to each question.

Prize Drawing

When you complete the survey, you’ll receive a password you can use to enter the prize drawing.

The drawing will take place on June 30, 2012 – and the winner will receive a free customized Transition Action Planning Session to map out next steps in planning for their child’s future.

Let’s Do This!

Ready to tell us how we can serve you better?

Here’s the survey!

Thanks for Participating!

Can’t wait to hear from you!

While you’re here, check out our collection of free transition planning tools.

Questions or comments? Please send an email using the white envelope in the sidebar or simply use the comment box below.

Know other parents of tweens, teens, or young adults with special needs? Please share this page with them!


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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Tina DeLong June 3, 2012 at 6:43 pm

Accessing assitive technology for college or life after high school. Also, can childeren with specific learning disabilities remain in college until 21?


Mary Mazzoni June 3, 2012 at 9:49 pm

Thanks for your comment, Tina!

Glad you mentioned assistive technology – a wide and wonderful topic that we will examine in future posts – along with universal design.

Meanwhile, I want to be sure you’re aware that students with print disabilities are eligible for free membership to Bookshare to receive accessible books and free software with which to access them

I’d like more clarification regarding your second question. Are you referring to dual enrollment (college-high school) programs? The laws and policies relevant to college are distinct from IDEA (special education law) – regardless of the age of the student. There is no age limit for college – but ADA (Americans with Disabilities ACT) rather than IDEA applies for college students of any age with a disability. I’m happy to answer your question in more detail – please use the white envelope in the sidebar to send me an email. Thanks!


Tina DeLong June 4, 2012 at 3:12 am

Clarification on my question about children remaining in school until 21… Many children on the Autism spectrum remain in high school until 21 so they can continue receiving services. I have a nephew that the school identified as having a specific learning disability in 1st grade. He is now ending 7th grade but is reading on a 2nd grade level. Is he permitted to stay in high school to allow him time to make academic progress that will enable him to be independent once he graduates. If he would graduate after 12th grade, he will still be reading at an elementary school level with the current rate of progress.


Mary Mazzoni June 4, 2012 at 7:04 am

Hi Tina, Thanks for clarifying your question.

ANY student with an IEP is eligible for special education services through age 21. The decision about graduation date is made by the IEP TEAM depending on the student’s skills in relation to the student’s postsecondary goals.

The criteria for earning a high school diploma varies by state. However, the graduation date is determined by the IEP team, taking into account the student’s skills and postsecondary goals as well as state diploma requirements.

The student should be very involved in transition planning as an active member of the IEP team. Sometimes students do not want to defer their high school diploma. It’s important for students to have support to thoroughly research careers of interest and related skill requirements and to clearly understand options.

It’s also very important that a student’s progress in reading decoding, fluency and comprehension be monitored closely and that effective and explicit reading instruction is provided.

Hope this helps, Tina.


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