How can I support my child during an IEP and what are the 11 considerations?

Q: Where can I find out more information about an IEP or how to advocate for my child?

A: Parents Reaching Out and EPICS (Educating Parents of Indian Children with Special Needs) are helpful resources for families in New Mexico regarding the IEP process including training and parent to parent connections.
For more information about Parents Reaching Out call (800) 524-5176 or (505) 247-0192. 
For more information about EPICS call (888) 499-2070 or (505) 767-6630.

Q: What are the 11 considerations and why is it important for me to know about them? 

A: In 2011, Governor Martinez mandated that at every IEP for a child who has a diagnosis of ASD, should include a discussion about the “11 considerations”.

The 11 considerations would include a discussion about the following: 

    1. Extended educational programming
    2. Daily schedules reflecting minimal unstructured time and active engagement in learning activities
    3. In-home and community-based training (or viable alternatives) that assist with acquisition of social/behavioral skills
    4. Positive behavior supports
    5. Futures/transition planning
    6. Parent/family training and support
    7. Staff-to-student ratio
    8. Communication interventions
    9. Social skills supports
    10. Professional educator/staff support
    11. Teaching strategies in peer-reviewed and/or research-based practices

For more information about the 11 considerations, go to IEP Considerations for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders or for informational briefs on this subject or other resources, call the Autism Family and Provider Resource Team at (800)270-1861 or (505)272-1852.

If family members or self advocates want to learn about leadership and advocacy, they can consider Partners in Policymaking which is a program at UNM Center for Development and Disability. To apply for Partners in Policymaking or for more information, contact the Autism Family and Provider Resource Team at (800) 270-1861 or (505) 272-1852.