The Vision Statement is one of the most important parts of the IEP but is often overlooked. It drives the IEP and should be well thought out. Making Special Education Work has a great article on writing a strong vision statement. In your vision statement you should include your vision for the future but most importantly what you want to happen in that current year.
The Department of Education states that the intent of the IEP Vision Statement is:
- to reflect the thinking of the entire IEP Team (including the parent and the student),
- to look forward to future goals of the student,
- to represent high expectations and dreams for the student, and
- to be reflective of federal requirements for transition aged youth. The character of the IEP Vision Statement will change based on the age of the student.
Wrightslaw suggests you ask the following questions when creating your child’s IEP vision statement include (Wrightslaw Long-Term Planning & Your Child’s IEP):
- What are your future plans and long-term goals for your child?
- What do you want your child to be able to do when he/she leaves the public school system?
- What thoughts do the other IEP Team members have regarding your child? You might be surprised what they come up with.
- What steps do you need to take to help your child meet these goals?
- The vision statement is a visual picture that describes your child in the future.