The IDEA (individuals with disabilities education act) National Survey project needs input from parents and self-advocates as well as attorneys and other advocates who work with parents on major issues in advocacy for special education, including IEPs (individualized education plans), evaluations, due process, and more. To that end, the deadline to participate in the survey has been extended to July 12.
This survey is sponsored by the National Down Syndrome Society, the National Center for Learning Disabilities, the Autism Society of America, the Autism National Committee, and The Advocacy Institute and could help gain valuable information for local agencies. Critical questions within the survey regard assessments, in determining if the type of assessment affects placement and access to curriculum. The sponsoring organizations also want to examine whether parents are treated as equals in the process and if their rights are being protected.
Results of the study will be reported to describe the experiences of those involved in the process of advocacy for special education and views on parent participation in the advocacy process will be included. Though general descriptions such as “Minnesota family” or “Midwestern advocate” may be used, names will not be included in the report. Questions are mostly multiple choice with some areas available to write and share more information. Please take a moment today to participate in this survey.