Welcome to IDEA Partnership

The IDEA Partnership reflects the collaborative work of more than 50 national organizations, technical assistance providers, and organizations and agencies at state and local level.

Partner Spotlight: National Behavioral Health Community of Practice.

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Youth Lens Project Gives Voice to the Impact of Stigma
Youth across the nation and their adult allies have developed an activity to engage others in sharing their insights about stigma and isolation.

Compliance and results drive new special education efforts.

rdaIn June, 2014 the Office of Special Education Programs released its new approach to improving outcomes for students with disabilities.

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Partnership launches Leading by Convening: A Blueprint for Authentic Engagement

The IDEA Partners have identified one of the biggest barriers to deep collaboration...everybody thinks they are already doing it!

Interconnected Systems Framework (ISF) provides a comprehensive design for school behavioral health

The Center for Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), The Center for School Mental Health (CSMH) and the IDEA Partnership have collaborated on the development of a framework for working across education and mental health for better student outcomes.

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Dialogue Guides

DG Handbook

Community of Practice

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CoP Guidebook

Partnership Way

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Leading by Conveing

Source Document:  Helping Students with Autism: Tips for Educators. (2009). American Federation of Teachers and Easter Seals.  (Abstracted from “Working with Families” pp. 7-11).  Available at http://www.ccw.org/storage/ccworkforce/documents/aft%20autism%20report.pdf

Dialogue Starter: Education: Helping Students with Autism: Tips for Educators – Working with Families


Source Document: Autism Spectrum Disorders: Primer for Parents and Educators. Ruble, Lisa, & Gallagher, Trish. University of Louisville Health Sciences Center. National Association of School Psychologists. (2004). Available at http://www.nasponline.org/resources/handouts/Autism204_blue.pdf.

Source Document: Assessing Autism Spectrum Disorders: Guidelines for Parents and Educators. Aspy, Ruth, & Grossman, Barry G. (2007). Third Edition. Autism Advocate. pp. 11-14.  Available at http://www.texasautism.com/WorkshopFiles/AdvocateAssessingAutism.pdf.
Dialogue Starter: Education: Assessing Autism Spectrum Disorders

Source Document: The CAPS and Ziggurat Models. Myles, Brenda Smith, Henry, Shawn, Coffin, Amy Bixler, & Aspy, Ruth.  Autism Advocate. Third Edition. (2007). pp16-20. Available at http://www.texasautism.com/WorkshopFiles/AdvocateZigguratCAPS.pdf.
Dialogue Starter: The CAPS and Ziggurat Models


Source Document: Positive Behavioral Supports: Creating Meaningful Life Options for People with ASD. Carr, Edward G., & Pratt, Cathy L. Fourth Edition. (2007). Autism Advocate.  pp. 36-43.  Available at http://www.iidc.indiana.edu/?pageId=445

Dialogue Starter: Education: Positive Behavioral Supports


Source Document: The Future of Applied Behavior Analysis in Autism Spectrum Disorders. Carr, Edward G., Granpeeshen, Doreen, & Grossman, Lee.  Autism Advocate. Fourth Edition. (2008). pages 50-55. Available at http://www.ideapartnership.org/media/documents/ASD-Collection/the_future_of_aba.pdf
Dialogue Starter: The Future of Applied Behavior Analysis in ASD

Source Document: Life Journey Through Autism: A Parent's Guide to Assessment. (2008). Organization for Autism Research (OAR); Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center (SARRC); DAYNA International, Inc.  Available at: http://www.researchautism.org/resources/reading/documents/AssessmentGuide.pdf

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Source Document: Functional Behavior Assessment: Preliminary Strategies. Pages 1-9.

Available at: http://www.iseesam.com/teachall/text/behavior/LRBIpdfs/Functional.pdf

Topic Brief: Functional Behavior Assessment

Dialogue Starter: Functional Behavior Assessment


Source Document: Looking Beyond Behavior: Schoolwide Discipline and Individual Supports for Students with ASD. Kathy Gould and Cathy Pratt. Autism Advocate Third Edition. 2007. pages 26-29; Available at  http://www.education.com/reference/article/behavior-school-discipline-autism-ASD/

Topic Brief: Looking Beyond Behavior

Dialogue Starter: Schoolwide Social Emotional Learning


Dialogue Guides are models for conducting interactive discussions across stakeholders. Each Guide contains one topical document that all who come to the table  access in order to start with the same knowledge base; and a set of reaction and application questions for a facilitator to support the assembled group to build areas of agreement and develop action-plan(s). 

Dialogue Facilitator's Handbook
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