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From LDA (Learning Disabilities Association of America), an action alert:
There are almost 7 million children with disabilities who receive special education under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), from preschool through high school and other programs.
Under the IDEA, parents and schools collaborate together as equal partners to design the educational services the child needs to succeed.
Children with good special education services achieve maximum independence. Many children receive good special education services that help them become independent.
But there are also anecdotal reports that some children receive weak or inferior services, and their parents do not feel they are treated as equal partners in the process.
The IDEA National Survey Project examines whether the playing field is level for children with disabilities and their parents. The project looks at whether parents are equal partners in their children’s education. One explicit purpose of the IDEA is “to ensure that the rights of children with disabilities and parents of such children are protected,” 20 U.S.C. par 1400. The survey is designed around this premise.
Please visit http://www.ideasurvey.org.
The survey is open to people with all disabilities and special needs.
The survey asks whether the rights of parents and students with disabilities are protected throughout the special education process, including IEP meetings and evaluation, eligibility, and other decisions about special education.
There are also questions about parents’ rights in Due Process and Impartial Hearings, and the Complaint Process. There are questions about inclusion and whether children receive the education they need, or whether they are deprived of important services; IDEA success stories; and children with special needs who are denied IDEA and special education services.
After the survey is complete, a report will be written containing the results.
The report will discuss the experiences that parents, students with disabilities, and attorneys, advocates and others have under the IDEA. The survey form will give you the option to be emailed when the report is ready.
my source: email alert from LDA, the Learning Disabilities Association of America. Visit http://www.ldanatl.org/
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