6. Authorizes alternative means of meeting participation.
When conducting IEP team meetings and placement meetings pursuant to Sections 614, 615(e), and 615(f)(1)(B), and carrying out administrative matters under Section 615 (such as scheduling, exchange of witness lists and status conferences), the parent of a child with a disability and an LEA may agree to use alternative means of meeting participation, such as video conferences and conference calls. [614(f)]

Dialogue Starter - Cross-stakeholder

Reaction Questions

  1. What are the implications for using alternative meeting options (e.g., video conferencing) for IEP development?

  2. How might instruction be impacted as a result of using alternative meeting options?

  3. How might funds used to support alternative meeting formats impact the use overall special education resources?

Application Questions

  1. How might districts ensure that resources are equitably allocated among schools to support alternative meeting options?

  2. How do districts ensure alternative meeting options are available to all families who wish to pursue this option?

  3. What type of training might be necessary to support this option for both school personnel and families?

    These questions were developed by the following stakeholders working together:

    Role: Early Childhood Professional & Advocate
    Location: Maryland
    Role: Higher Education
    Location: South Carolina
    Role: Related Services Provider
    Location: New Jersey
    Role: Parent Training & Information Professional
    Location: California
    Role: Parent
    Location: New Mexico