Survey assesses involvement of students and parents in IDEA

April 15, 2011 by cpehrson

The IDEA National Survey explores whether the rights of students with disabilities and their parents are protected in the schools. The survey looks at whether parents of children with disabilities are treated as equal partners in their children’s education, and includes questions about inclusion and assessment issues.

This survey covers disabilities of all kinds and all members of the community are invited to participate: parents, attorneys and other professionals, advocates, and self-advocates. Self-advocates are especially encouraged to participate to share information about their experiences as former students.

Although the main survey is about the IDEA, there is also a survey for parents whose children were denied an IEP.  At present, the survey is not open to school district employees because the focus is really on how parents, students, and their advocates perceive their ability to exercise their rights and be equal partners in their child’s education.

People can find this survey and read more about it online. The survey will be open through June 14, 2011.

The results will be compiled into a report about experiences under the IDEA that will be published this summer. Please contact Jessica Butler, IDEA National Survey Project Coordinator, at for more information.

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).

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