IDEA Knowledge You Need to Advocate for Preschoolers with Disabilities and their Families

Sharon Walsh

his session will be an open discussion on the important topics you need to understand to advocate for young children with disabilities under Part B of IDEA including parent rights, child find and evaluation, eligibility, Individualized Education Programs (IEP), Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE), child records, Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) and extended school year. The implications of two other federal laws – Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act – will also be discussed. Throughout the session, participants will share and discuss scenarios from their experiences. Resources will be shared for use after the session.

Intended Audience

Family members, higher education faculty, TA providers, practitioners and administrators in early learning and care settings including Home Visiting, Early Head Start, Head Start, Pre-K, child care, Early Intervention and Preschool Special Education.

Learning Objective
  • At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to identify major requirements under IDEA Preschool Special Education that can affect the availability of high-quality, inclusive community-based services for young children.
  • At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to discuss the implications of IDEA, the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act in enhancing inclusive and equitable opportunities for young children with disabilities.
  • At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to identify ways these federal program provisions can affect their daily work and life activities.