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News you can use family engagement and the individuals with disabilities education act idea

News You Can Use: Family Engagement and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

Melody Musgrove, Director, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP)

Kim Jones, Executive Director, Advocates for Justice in Education

Phil Moses, Assistant Director, National Center for Appropriate Dispute Resolution (CADRE)

Carmen Sanchez, Project Officer, OSEP

May 19, 2011


Agenda
Agenda Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

Welcome

Logistics

Family Engagement and IDEA, Melody Musgrove

Parent Training and Information Centers, Kim Jones

Tour of idea.ed.gov, Carmen Sanchez

Technical Assistance and Dispute Resolution, Phil Moses


Family engagement and idea
Family Engagement and IDEA Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)


Idea and families
IDEA and Families Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

  • Approximately 7 million children receive special education services in the United States

    • In some states and localities, as many as 12% or more of students receive special education services

  • Families of children with disabilities are friends and neighbors, and of every race, ethnicity, and socio-economic class


Preamble to idea 2004
Preamble to IDEA 2004 Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

“Disability is a natural part of the human experience and in no way diminishes the right of individuals to participate in or contribute to society. Improving educational results for children with disabilities is an essential element of our national policy of ensuring equality of opportunity, full participation, independent living, and economic self-sufficiency for individuals with disabilities. “ (IDEA Section 601, Findings)


Purpose of idea
Purpose of IDEA Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

“(c) (5)Almost 30 years of research and experience has demonstrated that the education of children with disabilities can be made more effective by--

(A) having high expectations for such children and ensuring their access to the general education curriculum in the regular classroom, to the maximum extent possible, in order to--

(i) meet developmental goals and, to the maximum extent possible, the challenging expectations that have been established for all children; and

(ii) be prepared to lead productive and independent adult lives, to the maximum extent possible;

(B) strengthening the role and responsibility of parents and ensuring that families of such children have meaningful opportunities to participate in the education of their children at school and at home” (IDEA Section 601, Findings)


Parts b and c of idea
Parts B and C of IDEA Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

  • Part C serves infants and toddlers, birth up to 3 years of age,

    • Through interagency coordination

    • As stated in Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP)

  • Part B serves toddlers, children, and youth , ages 2 to 26

    • Through educational agencies

    • As stated in Individualized Education Program (IEP)


Family engagement at the child level
Family Engagement at the Child Level Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

Identification and referral

Evaluation

Eligibility

Development of IFSPs and IEPs

Settings and placement for service delivery

Provision of services

Review of IFSPs and IEPs

Transition


Family engagement on advisory groups
Family Engagement on Advisory Groups Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

State Interagency Coordinating Councils – Section 641 of IDEA

State Advisory Panels – Section 612 of IDEA

More information at www.stateadvisory panel.org


Family engagement in part d of idea
Family Engagement in Part D of IDEA Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

  • Part D of IDEA covers the Department’s discretionary spending on special education

    • IDEA requires the “children with disabilities and their parents receive training and information designed to assist the children in meeting developmental and functional goals and challenging academic achievement goals, and in preparing to lead productive independent adult lives” (IDEA, Title I, Part D, Section 670)


Parent centers helping families linking communities
Parent Centers: Helping Families, Linking Communities Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

Kim Y. Jones, Esq.

Parent Training and Information Center

Washington, D.C.


Parent centers idea
Parent Centers: IDEA Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

  • IDEA : The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act establishes

    • that children with disabilities are entitled to a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE)

    • the Parent Training and Information Centers (PTIs) and Community Parent Resource Centers (CPRC’s)


Ptis and cprcs
PTIs and CPRCs Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

  • Funded by the Department of Education, under IDEA

  • Designed to support and engage families and communities

  • Unified by a common experience

  • Run by parents and caregivers

  • Are in every State; each has at least one parent center and some states have several


A national network
A National Network Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

The Power of Parents at Work...

www.parentcenternetwork.org


Parent centers
Parent Centers … Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

  • Empower Families

    • Provide a window into to world of the family

  • Engage Community Providers/Partners in

    • Supporting our families;

    • Caring about our issues

  • Partner in reforming education


Empowering families
Empowering Families… Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

  • Parent Centers

    • Educate families

    • Support families

    • Engage families


The world of the parent
The World of the Parent… Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

  • Parent Centers

    • Are staffed by parents and caregivers

    • Have struggles that are unique to them

    • Value the support of similarly situated people

    • Want the best for their children – despite circumstance

  • Parent to Parent…Peer to Peer…Parents as Partners…Understanding our stories to improve the lives of others


Engaging communities
Engaging Communities… Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

  • Parent Centers

    • Develop linkages

    • Improve access to services

    • Educate providers on the needs of families

    • Collaborate across disciplines


Reforming education
Reforming Education… Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

  • Parent Centers

    • Have a place at the table

    • Inform policy makers about the consequences of their decisions

    • Work with school systems to be open to the needs of our families

    • Aid in the development of policies impacting our families

      What’s Best for all Children: A Delicate Balance


Resources on the law a tour of idea ed gov
Resources on the Law: A Tour of idea.ed.gov Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)


Technical assistance for families
Technical Assistance for Families Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

Phil Moses, Assistant Director,

National Center for Appropriate Dispute Resolution (CADRE)


The national center on dispute resolution in special education

The National Center on Dispute Resolution in Special Education

Parent Resources From CADRE


Creating agreement

Creating Agreement Education

A joint effort involving national education organizations and coordinated by the IDEA Partnership that has led to a collaborative Creating Agreement Workgroup


Near future resources from cadre

Near Future Resources from CADRE Education

Research Brief –

Encouraging Meaningful Parent/Educator Collaboration: A Review of Recent Literature

Dispute Resolution Comparison Chart and Related Resources Assisting Family Members to Prepare for the Range of Dispute Resolution Processes


www.tadnet.org Education

www.nectac.org


Thank you
Thank You! Education

  • Presentation will be archived

  • Contact information

    • Melody Musgrove, [email protected]

    • Kim Jones, [email protected]

    • Phil Moses, [email protected]

    • Carmen Sanchez, [email protected]

  • Please evaluate this webinar at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/F739RCK.


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