Inclusive Education

Competencies & Skill Sets


In this fourth session of DC Advocacy Partners, participants will begin to understand:

  • The concept of inclusive education and its benefits to all students
  • How to be effective in IEP/ISFP/504 meetings
  • The histories and basic concepts of IDEA and Section 504
  • Parent and children rights under special education law
  • How to engage students in the IEP process

Skill sets

Partners will begin to learn:

  • How to effectively negotiate with decision makers
  • When and on what to compromise to achieve a goal
  • How to evaluate and cite statistics for advocacy and testimony


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Judy Heumann

Special Advisor for International Disability Rights, U.S. Department of State

Kelly Custer

Teacher, Alice Deal Middle School

Pamela Downing-Hosten

Transition Director, Office of Specialized Instruction, DC Public Schools


IEP Meeting Tips

Partial List of Internet and Phone Resources

Glossary of Education Terms for People with Disabilities from the National Down Syndrome Society

ADA, NCLB, & 504

ADA, IDEA, and 504 Comparison from the Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund (DREDF)

What is Inclusion? by Kids Together, Inc.

Benefits of Inclusive Education & IEPs: Tips for Getting What Your Student Needs by Kids Together, Inc.

IEP Team Members

Community Involvement

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Long-Term Project

Long-Term Project 

Long-Term Project Hand-in