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The purpose of this booklet is to offer guidance for making decisions about IEP (Individualized Education Program) services for students with disabilities who are eligible for special education under the federal law called the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, commonly referred to as IDEA. Included are special education and related services (e.g., occupational therapy, physical therapy, and psychological services). These guidelines are based on the IDEA, Vermont regulations, and research-based practices. They are designed to help IEP teams make thoughtful, comprehensive decisions supporting the education of students with disabilities, and enable them to consider important factors before, during, and after reaching those decisions.