A Future Planning Statement (FPS), sometimes also called a Parent Interest Statement, is simply something that parents submit before an IEP meeting. Some states require them, some states suggest them , and some states fail to reference them at all. Regardless, parents should consider submitting a statement before every IEP meeting.  At the majority of meetings, the school team has prepared a draft of the IEP, which can be incredibly helpful and efficient. A Future Planning Statement allows the parents to submit an informative statement regarding their long-term and short-term hopes, dreams, and plans for the child .  It’s hard to focus on the present without some foresight and insight from the parents.  If states do not mandate documents like this, parents can make sure they are a part of the record by asking that they are referenced in the prior written notice, conference summary, or meeting minutes.

Clear the Confusion at the IEP Table with Simple Communication Strategies


access now