Disability Specific Organizations – For example, Arc, United Cerebral Palsy (UCP), or the
Mental Health Association. They can give case management services, residential services, or other
kinds of help.
Benefits Planning Assistance and Outreach
(BPA&O) Services – agencies like the Minnesota
Work Incentives Connections help students understand their Social Security benefits (SSI and
SSDI). Earning wages can change benefits, and some new work incentives can help students to be
more financially independent. BPA&O Services can advise students about wages and benefits.
County Social Service Agencies – provide case management services, which can help the
student find other services and benefits.
Social Security Administration – financial help or work incentives for people with disabilities.
Students can make a Plan to Achieve Self-Support (PASS) to set aside income for education or work
11. What if I don’t agree with the transition services in the IEP?
If you begin to have disagreements with the school, be sure to keep all of your paperwork together.
Keep all notices that the school sends. Keep copies of anything you mail to the school. Start a log of
telephone conversations. Write down the time, the date, and the name, title, and phone number of
the person you talked to. Write what the conversation was about.
Call the Minnesota Disability Law Center. We may be able to help you get an advocate. Even if we
can’t get you an advocate, we may be able to give you advice. And with or without an advocate, it is
very important to keep careful records.
If you don’t agree with the IEP, don’t sign it. Work with the school and ask them to help you. If
you can’t get what you need, don’t give up.
Ask for a facilitated IEP meeting, a conciliation conference, or a mediation. Our Identifying and
Evaluating Students for Special Education Services fact sheet has more information about these
If you still have trouble, you can ask for a due process hearing, or you can file a complaint with the
Minnesota Department of Education. See our fact sheet entitled How to File a Complaint with the
Minnesota Division of Compliance and Assistance.