NYC Department of Education Pilot Program Translates Students’ IEPs Into Parents’ Native Languages
The program is designed to decrease pressure on schools while ensuring that parents understand their student’s evaluations, educational challenges, and goals for the school year.
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Evelyn Martinez, whose son Eli is a second-grader at P.S. 88 in Queens, says having her son’s IEP translated into Spanish has been vital in helping her understand his goals and how his IEP carries over into home life.
“I have every bit of information detailed from what the therapists and the workers, to the teachers are doing with my son, so for me as a mother that helps me to look and see what he's doing at home to make sure he's doing what he needs to be doing for school,” says Martinez.
To participate in the program, families must have a school-aged child with an IEP for the 2018-2019 school year, who attends a District 9, 24, or 75 public school, or who is turning five years old in 2019 and lives in District 9 or 24, or who has their turning-5 IEP meeting at a District 75 school. The program is free of cost for parents.
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