Tuesday, April 12, 2011

IDEA National Survey of Experiences with Special Ed

The IDEA National Survey Project is sponsored by the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD), National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS), Autism Society of America (ASA), Autism National Committee (AutCom), and The Advocacy Institute (AI).

The survey looks at whether parents are treated as equal partners in their children's education. Topics include whether the rights of students with disabilities and their parents protected throughout the special education process, including IEP meetings and IEP issues, eligibility (Child Find), Due Process hearings (impartial hearings), and other education issues. 

There are surveys for all community members:
  • Parents of children with disabilities
  • Self-advocates (people with disabilities)
  • Attorneys, advocates, and other professionals

The survey will run through May 2011.  The results will be compiled into a report about experiences under the IDEA that will be published this summer.

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