Taking an Active Role in Your Child’s IEP


Parental involvement is vital to a child’s IEP team process. There is no one as interested in and motivated to see a child succeed and thrive than their own parents. This fact alone places the parent in a crucial role on the IEP team.

Though the IEP process can be intimidating, parents should be prepared to offer insight into whether current strategies and instruction are helping the child make progress. Knowing the IEP components can help parents evaluate their child's IEP to insure they are getting the proper education.


  • Learn what is included in an evaluation for special education services
  • Discover common pitfalls during the evaluation process
  • Gain knowledge of IEP components
  • Understand student rights and options to resolve IEP related disputes
  • Get tips and best practices for advocating at an IEP meeting



Clinton Householder HeadshotClinton Householder, Esquire
Community Legal Aid Services, Inc.

Clinton joined Community Legal Aid in 2019. Currently, his work focuses on helping families navigate the special education process, both by teaching them to advocate for their child with the school and by representing families when dealing with their school. He has represented or provided counsel and advice to hundreds of families in the greater Akron area on special education issues.

Prior to joining Community Legal Aid, Clinton worked as an associate at Brennan Manna Diamond, a large law firm in Northeast, Ohio. Clinton is also a court-appointed special advocate in Summit County.

Clinton is a graduate of the University of Akron and the University of Akron School of Law.




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About the Autism Society of Greater Akron

The Autism Society of Greater Akron (ASGA) is part of a nationwide network of affiliates with the Autism Society of America, the nation’s largest and oldest grassroots autism organization. ASGA serves Summit, Stark, Wayne, Portage and Medina counties (OH) and works locally to achieve its mission --to create connections, empowering everyone in the Autism community with the resources needed to live fully.

ASGA is also a proud member of the Ohio Family Network (OFN), connecting people with disabilities and their families to local information and resources within their communities.  OFN provides opportunities to share ideas, find solutions to common challenges and inspire and strengthen others.