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Learning Exercise: Helping Parents Understand IDEA

Helping Parents Understand IDEA
The main piece of special education legislation, IDEA, is often cumbersome to discuss with parents. This assignment explores other avenues of providing this information to parents.
Course: IEPs and Legislation


Submitted by:
Tamarah Ashton
Date Last Modified:
August 26, 2000


1. Visit the IDEA Practices website (

2. Imagine that you are sitting at an IEP meeting as the special education
teacher and you are attempting to cover the basic elements of IDEA with parents
who are new to you.

3. Describe how you might introduce this site to the parents.

4. What specific areas might you tell them to investigate at this site?



  • College Upper Div Major




Working knowledge of IDEA

Learning Objectives

To learn the basic concepts of IDEA that need to be conveyed to parents.
To find alternative routes of explanation.

Type of Task

  • Individual
  • Student-centered
  • Supplemental activity
  • Unsupervised