This is Part 2 in a two-part blog post by Emalie Fogg provides guidance and resources for youth on how to get involved and take a lead in their own Individualized Education Program (IEP). 

When we’re growing up, our families, teachers, and adults make most of the decisions about our lives. As we become teenagers it’s important to start participating in the decision-making so that as we near adulthood, we’re ready to decide things for ourselves. No one knows better than you do what you want for your life today and in the future (your goals), what you’re good at doing, what things are challenging for you, and what helps you do your best every day. So, when it comes to discussing your goals, needs, and plans, you absolutely should be a leader in the discussion and decision making.