The U.S. Department of Education states, "Each public school child who receives special education and related services must have an Individualized Education Program(IEP). Each IEP must be designed for one student and must be a truly individualized document.
The IEP creates an opportunity for teachers, parents, school administrators, related services personnel, and students (when appropriate) to work together to improve educational results for children with disabilities. The IEP is the cornerstone of a quality education for each child with a disability.
Special Factors To Consider:
- If the child has communication needs, the IEP team must consider those needs.
- If the child is deaf or hard of hearing, the IEP team will consider his or her language and communication needs. This includes the child's opportunities to communicate directly with classmates and school staff in his or her usual method of communication (for example, sign language)."
A Guide to the Individualized Education Program https://www2.ed.gov/parents/needs/speced/iepguide/index.html