The IDEA Partnership
The IDEA Partnership is an affiliation of more than 55 national, state, and local organizations, parent advocacy groups, and technical assistance centers that support the shared implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The Partnership is funded by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and sponsored by the National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE).
Together, the IDEA Partnership organizations and some states are pioneering communities of practice in education. The Partnership is exploring how local learning can help encourage collaboration, strategy creation, professional development, and future investments at the regional and state level.
AOTA’s role in the IDEA Partnership is to represent the interests of occupational therapy practitioners in cross-stakeholder efforts and in the national-to-state and local translation of issues that affect children and their families. AOTA is an active participant in communities of practice that have been developed in regard to topics within education such as autism, transitions, creating agreements/dispute resolution, and school mental health.
For more information about the IDEA Partnership, please visit www.ideapartnership.org and www.sharedwork.org/.