Topical Guides


Knowing your available time and your audience, choose one or many of the dialogue starters below.

Reaction Questions

1.    What is your understanding of the role of an advocate before, during, an after an IEP team meeting?

2.    What knowledge and information do all stakeholders need to understand and embrace the role of an advocate?

3.    In your opinion, in what situations would it be most beneficial to involve an advocate?  And, whose responsibility would it be to invite an advocate into the process?  Please give some examples.

4.    Currently, how is information about advocacy organizations and persons shared in your district/state?  

Application Questions

1.    What processes/procedures can we put into place to share accurate and useful information about advocacy, advocacy organizations, and the role of an advocate?

2.    What practices can we put into place to ensure an IEP process

  • that validates multiple perspectives?
  • builds capacity within the IEP team so advocacy works?


These questions were developed by the following
stakeholders working together within the IDEA Partnership:

Role:  General Education Administrator
Location:  Arizona

Role:  Special Education Teacher
Location:  California

Role:  Youth
Location:  Delaware

Role:  Parent
Location:  North Carolina

Role:  Technical Assistance Provider
Location:  North Carolina

Role:  Technical Assistance Provider
Location:  Washington 

The IDEA Partnership, located at the National Association of
State Directors of Special Education, is sponsored by the
U.S. Department of Education
Office of Special Education Programs.   2009