HOW TO: Create a Strong Vision Statement for Your Child’s IEP Team

According to, your “vision statement is one of the most important and overlooked parts of the IEP. This statement isn’t a required part of the IEP in the federal law IDEA, but it is required by many states. It’s important because it serves as a guide for developing special education services and goals that will help a student throughout the remaining school years, and ultimately, life after graduation.”

Have you created a strong vision statement for your child’s IEP team?

If not, we highly encourage you to try out our interactive, online Vision Plan tool! It’s available to you — completely for FREE — inside the ENABLE Special Needs Planning portal. Create your own FREE account today by visiting Once you’ve submitted the brief registration form, you’ll be able to access the Vision Plan tool from the Services section of your planning dashboard.

Developing a well-thought out Vision Plan is the FIRST STEP — and an essential element — of creating a comprehensive Special Needs Plan, as your Vision Plan describes your child’s great life, including your hopes and dreams and his or her hopes and dreams for the future.

Creating a Vision Plan using our guided, interactive tool will help you with your child’s IEP — as well as many other areas of your special needs planning journey. Your Vision Plan will include answers to questions such as:

  • What are your hopes and dreams for your child’s abundant life?
  • What abilities do you see in him or her that you want to encourage and nurture?
  • What does a great life for your child look like now, in 10-15 years, and in 25+ years?

Our proprietary Vision Plan tool will help you create a custom Vision Plan for your loved one with Special Needs that is unique to your child and family situations. After you’ve answered all of the questions using our guided, interactive tool, submit your answers and our team will develop a custom Vision Plan for your child that will be uploaded (in PDF format) to your planning account within 7 days. Feel free to print a copy of this plan to take to your next IEP meeting so that everyone on your child’s IEP team is aware of your vision for your son or daughter’s GREAT life.

To learn more about Vision Planning, check out our blog post Vision Planning: What’s Your Vision of a Great Life for Your Child?

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