March 13-15, 2016 • San Diego, CA


3/15/2016  |   4:15 PM - 4:45 PM   |  Topical Session 8   |  Pacific Salon 4/5   |  7 - Family Perspectives and Support

Advocacy for Children Using the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

Many deaf and hard of hearing children are eligible for early intervention services and special education and related services through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Parents and professionals generally are aware of this law and the rights that flow from it but often don't have sufficient understanding of the law to be able to use it for advocacy purposes. This presentation will cover the outline and structure of Part C, the section that covers early intervention, and Part B, the section that covers services for individuals age three through 21. It will explain the requirements of the law, its practical applications, and ways parents and professionals can use this law to obtain appropriate services. It will also address the relationship between the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and IDEA and how the intersection of these two laws can support better outcomes for deaf and hard of hearing children. Future directions these two laws may take in upcoming reauthorizations will be explored as well.

  • Identify the major goals of IDEA.
  • Describe the role of parents in advocacy under IDEA.
  • Describe strategies parents and professionals can use to obtain appropriate services for deaf and hard of hearing children.

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Barbara Raimondo (Primary Presenter), Conference of Educational Administrators of Schools and Programs for the Deaf, baraimondo@me.com;
Barbara is a long-time advocate for the rights of deaf and hard of hearing individuals and their families. She has worked as a government relations liaison, director of advocacy, parent consultant, attorney, and trainer. She has presented and written about numerous topics including early hearing detection and intervention, education, test equity, civil rights, family support, deaf-hearing partnerships, parent and deaf community involvement, and others. She also has served on the board of the Maryland School for the Deaf, including as president for three terms. She has testified before Congress. She and her husband are the parents of two deaf young adults and in the past hosted a deaf exchange student from Ghana. She received her law degree from George Mason University.


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