Topical Guides


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

Reaction Questions

1.    Providing equal access is a way in which the community supports the transition of youth from school to post school opportunities. 

  • What are some examples of equal access evident in your/this community?
  • What are some barriers you have seen/experienced?

2.    This document speaks to educating the community in disability awareness.  What is currently being done in your/this community to promote awareness?  

  • How is it happening?
  • Who is providing this disability awareness education?
  • In your opinion, how effective is the current community disability awareness education?  Please give some examples of effectiveness or lack of effectiveness.

3.    Are you aware of members of the community who have participated in an IEP team meeting? 

  • In an IEP team meeting for the purpose of transition?
  • In your opinion, when and under what circumstances is it appropriate for a member of the community to be invited to participate in a transition IEP team meeting?  Please give examples.

Application Questions

1.    In what ways can we engage the community to expand disability awareness?  To increase equal access?  To overcome the current barriers in our community?

2.    What processes/procedures can we establish to help the community recognize the benefits of employing persons with disabilities?  And, in preparation for such employment, become participating members of the community in building awareness and support for transition services?

3.    What processes/procedures can the schools put into place to identify and invite appropriate community members to an IEP team meeting, as needed?

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

Role:  State Education Agency
Location:  Arizona

Role:  Family Member
Location:  California

Role:  General Education Administrator
Location:  North Dakota

Role:  Family Member
Location:  Tennessee

Role:  Family Member
Location:  New York
Role:  State Education Agency
Location:  Pennsylvania

Role:  State Education Agency
Location:  Pennsylvania

Role:  Youth
Location:  Wisconsin

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