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IEP- Individualised educational plan or I Encourage Progress

December 4, 2019 Journey to Inclusion Series updates 3

People said he wouldn’t, but he did
People said he couldn’t, but he can
People said he won’t, but he will

Individualised educational plan (IEP) is a term that revolves around all the special
educators, parents and Individuals with special needs. Individualized educational
plan indicates hope for some, agenda for a few, and a plan or schedule for the
others. But in the midst of all the planning and individualizing or customising we
forget what we are intending to do. The whole intention of IEP should be for progress
and not accommodating a child to learn a specific skill even if he or she is not fitting
in to it. In other words, making the right plan or decision for the right child and right
child for the right plan.
IEP is not the individual’s entire educational plan or program; rather it is a road map
indicating the most important steps along the way to the final destination of learning
and progressing. Most importantly, IEP should consist of targets and goals that the
individual can do. Societal pressure of “I want him to know it all” idea should not
interfere with a child's learning.
I opine that, it's very important to differentiate between needs and wants here. The
parents or educators needs might not always correspond to the individual’s wants
because needs are something that we must have in order to survive, whereas wants
are choice based and it is something that we wish to have. For example- parents or
educators might see a need for Socio-behavioural skills in a child, but the child might
just want to be quiet, reserved and enjoy his own company.
Also, an IEP should not define the child because an individual’s abilities aren’t
always measured on papers. Most importantly the role of an IEP is to create rooms
filled with Special individual’s voices and not be the main voice in itself.
So, if you are planning for a year, sow rice; if you are planning for a decade then
plant trees. Similarly if we are planning for a lifetime let’s encourage progress.
Varshini MV


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