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Facilitated IEP- In partnership with the GA DOE, the Butts County School System participates in Facilitated IEP meetings.  See additional information on Documents Uploaded


Student Led IEP's/ Self-Determination:  One definition of a student-led IEP is an IEP in which the student with a disability participated in the writing and creation of any portion of the IEP and/or held a leadership role during the actual IEP meeting. Researchers refer to student-led IEPs (also called student-directed IEPs and self-directed IEPs) as a method for increasing student involvement in the IEP process, a way to increase students' knowledge of their strengths and needs, an approach to developing a transition plan that includes the students' input, and a tool to increase the students' self-determination and self-advocacy (Eisenman, Chamberlin, & McGahee-Kovac, 2005; Martin, Van Dycke, D'Ottavio, & Nickerson, 2007; Martin, Van Dycke, Christensen, et al., 2006; Mason, McGahee-Kovac, Johnson, & Stillerman, 2002; Mason, McGahee-Kovac, et al., 2004; Myers & Eisenman, 2005; Torgerson, Miner, & Shen, 2004; Van Dycke et al., 2006). Eisenman et al. discuss the "match between elements of the IEP process and behaviors associated with self-determined individuals," stating that as students become involved and hold responsibility in the IEP process, they also "become engaged in learning about themselves and methods for attaining goals" (p. 195).


Assistive technology devices are identified in the IDEA 2004 as:

Any item, piece of equipment or product system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of children with disabilities.

The term does not include a medical device that is surgically implanted, or the replacement of such device.

(Authority 20 U.S.C. 1401(1))


Child Find-  The purpose of child find it to identify, locate and evaluate children and your who are suspected of, or have a disability or developmental delay. The Butts County School System serves children ages 3 through 21 with identified special education needs.

A child should be referred when:

  • A health or medical disorder interferes with development or learning
  • A child seems to have difficulty seeing or hearing
  • A child appears to have emotional difficulties that affect his/her ability to learn
  • A child has a diagnosed progressive or degenerative condition that will impede the child's ability to learn.
  • A child's speech is not understandable to family or friends
  • a child has difficulty with academics

For more information contact the Student Services Department, 770-504-2300




181 N. Mulberry St. | Jackson, GA 30233 | Phone: (770) 504-2300 | Fax: (770) 504-2305