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1. Adds “further education” of children with disabilities to the IDEA’s purposes.
The purpose of IDEA is to ensure that all children with disabilities have available to them a free appropriate public education (FAPE) that emphasizes special education and related services designed to meet their unique needs and prepare them for further education, employment and independent living. [601(d)(1)(A)]

Dialogue Starter - Cross-stakeholder

Reaction Questions

  1. One of the purposes of IDEA that was specified in the 1997 Amendments to the Act was to ensure that all children with disabilities have available to them a free appropriate public education that emphasizes special education and related services to meet students’ unique needs to prepare them for employment and independent living. IDEA 2004 added the term to prepare them for “further education.”

    How might different stakeholders define “further education”?


  2. What are the skills, knowledge, and attitudes that students with disabilities might possess to prepare them for “further education, employment, and independent living”?


  3. How might the addition of “further education” impact curriculum development?


Application Questions

  1. What state policies and programs currently exist to promote students’ achievement of “further education,” future employment, and independent living?


  2. How does “preparation for further education, employment, and independent living” fit into a state’s standard’s framework and/or a LEA’s curricular framework?


  3. How might “further education” be integrated within these two frameworks?


  4. Who are the key stakeholders that might be involved in determining how to integrate “further education” within these two frameworks?


    These questions were developed by the following stakeholders working together:


    Role: General education teacher
    Location: California

    Role: Parent
    Location: Virginia

    Role: Higher Education
    Location: Washington, DC

    Role: Policymaker
    Location: Virginia

    Role: Higher Education
    Location: Virginia