■ Age of majority
Beginning at least one year before the child reaches the age of majority, age 18, the IEP must include a statement that the child has been told of any rights that will transfer to him or her at the age of majority.
■ Special education and related
The IEP must include a statement of the special education and related services, which are based on peer-reviewed research to the extent practicable, that will be provided to the child, as well as the supplementary aids, services and supports that will be provided to enable the child to benefit from special education and to participate with non-disabled peers in extra-curricular and non-academic settings. It should also include a statement of the program modifications (changes) and supports for school personnel, such as training and professional development, which will be provided to assist the child. It is important for parents to know who will be providing the services to the child and the staff and what the provider’s qualifications are.
If a child needs a particular related service in order to benefit from special education, the related service professional should be involved in developing the IEP.