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The term IEP is an acronym for “Individualized Educational Plan.” In New Jersey an IEP is a written document that outlines a young person’s education (ages 3-21 with special needs or disability). It is important to keep in mind that emotional disturbances or struggles can also qualify a young person for an IEP. Ideally the young person's needs are discussed, and accommodations are made within the school to help the person reach their academic goals easier. An IEP is given not just to focus on the youth’s disability or challenges, but rather to emphasize and support the strengths and skills of the youth. These skills are used towards enhancing a youth’s education in all possible ways with the help of many people involved.

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