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(2016, March) | Useful to Parent Centers in working with youth and families. This interactive webinar from CADRE explores student-led IEPs and their relationship to self-advocacy and student engagement. In a student-led IEP, the student actively participates in the development of his/her IEP and takes a leadership role in decision-making about his or her future. Student […]

(2010, September) | Useful to Parent Centers to understand extended school year (ESY) services and explain these to the families they serve. Some students in special education are eligible for what’s known as Extended School Year (ESY) services, which are provided beyond the school year (e.g., in the summer) to students in keeping with their […]

(2007) | Useful to Parent Centers for sharing with youth with disabilities, their families, and IEP teams. This checklist is designed to help the IEP team decide if a student needs a postsecondary goal in the area of independent living. Independent living includes the skills and knowledge an individual needs to direct his or her life […]

(2015) As state education agencies (SEAs) implement more rigorous college and career readiness standards, school leaders must consider how students with disabilities will meet these standards. This checklist, designed to meet the needs of educators at all levels, provides an easy-to-use guide for making purchasing decisions. It identifies key considerations when deciding how to align […]

(2015) | A resource that Parent Centers can share with the families they serve. Available in English and Spanish. Emotions can run high at IEP meetings. But it’s important for parents to focus on the end goal: helping their child. Here are 10 stay-calm phrases parents can use to redirect conversation and defuse tense situations. From […]

(English and Spanish) The SpecialQuest Multimedia Training Library includes early childhood inclusion training resources. The videos and training sessions support high-quality inclusion of preschoolers (ages 3 to 5) in early care and education settings that are responsive to the priority and concerns of families. The target audiences are early childhood professional development providers, Institutes of Higher […]

While not all students with Tourette Syndrome (TS) will require an Individualized Education Program (IEP) in order to receive a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE), there are some students with TS for whom an IEP is an educational necessity. This article will discuss the initial IEP process as required by the federal IDEA. Find the […]

From the Utah Parent Center, this short tip sheet is a good place for young adults to start learning about self-advocacy. At the bottom, enjoy the two videos of youth with disabilities talking about their own self-advocacy.

This 4-page eFlyer from the National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center (NSTTAC) is designed to quickly connect you (and the youth and families you serve) with resources to teach student participation in the IEP meeting, academic skills, functional life skills, and so much more. Find the flyer here:

This module from the IRIS Center focuses on the transition process from high school to post-secondary settings. Among other topics, it discusses IEP planning, engaging students in the process so as to become better advocates for their own needs, and the importance of outside agencies such as vocational rehabilitation. Find the module at: