CHP Hosts IEP Training on April 6 for Parents of Children with Special Needs

Mar 9, 2022 | News

For parents of children who receive special needs instruction in public schools, working with schools to build a unique education plan for their child can be overwhelming. Community Health Programs hope to help parents understand the process with a free, virtual workshop, “IEP Training 101” on April 6 at 10 a.m.

Participants may register and request a log-in link by contacting Rania Markham,, or call (413) 528-0457.

Children with special needs are entitled to an individualized education plan (IEP), which is developed in collaboration with parents/caregivers and school education specialists. While IEPs are tailored to ensure that special needs students receive the best possible education and support services, the IEP can feel complex to parents.

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Rania Markham

“It’s important for IEP families to understand this process, their options and rights,” said Markham, workshop co-leader and parent of a child with special needs. “The more information parents have, the better they can communicate with the school and advocate for their child.”

Guest presenters for the workshop are Dr. Barbara Snyder, M.D., Kornelia Krzyzanowska, CHP school liaison, and Karen Mowry, IEP advocate.

Markham will co-lead the workshop with Melanie Wickwire, South Berkshire WIC Coordinator and also the mother of a special needs child.

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