A Facilitated Individualized Education Program (FIEP) Meeting is a meeting in which the parent, IEP team, and a neutral Facilitator discuss and develop a special education plan for a student. The student remains the focus of the discussion, and the student’s educational needs are decided by those who know the student best, rather than an Impartial Hearing Officer. ODR provides a Facilitator to maintain open communication among all members and assist the members in resolving conflicts that may have come up in the past or arise during the meeting.The appointed Facilitator will not construct, write, or approve the individualized education program. Either party, the student/their representative or the LEA, is free to request an FIEP Meeting. Participation in the FIEP Meeting is completely voluntary and both parties must agree for a Facilitator to be appointed.
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