Monday, January 14, 2008

Article 7 position paper-please sign

Family Voices Indiana, and, is a coalition of individual families,
local support groups and parent leaders from throughout Indiana and
across the disability spectrum. Family Voices seeks to ensure that
the perspective of individuals with special needs and their families
is clearly heard and a critical part of all policy and procedure
decisions that impact the systems and services of which they are a
part. Therefore, we have focused considerable time and resources on
sharing information and opportunities to participate in the Article 7,
special education law, reauthorization processes. Reauthorization of
IDEA 04 necessitates the reauthorization of Indiana Article 7, it is
critical that families understand how changes to IDEA will impact the
rights of students and families under special education law. Changes
to Article 7 should be evaluated in terms of how they impact students
above all other considerations. It is critical that Article 7
continues to provide a structure which ensures that all Hoosier
students receive an appropriate public education.
Family Voices Indiana believes that it is critical at this point in
the process that families, together with the organizations that
support and serve them, stand together to voice input on the proposed
changes in Article 7. To facilitate that effort, the attached (and
posted) document has been drafted.
We recognize that each family will have a unique perspective and
experience, and it would not be accurate to state that all families
share uniform views on Article 7. However, Family Voices has sought
input from across our constituency, and this position paper reflects
consensus on these issues. This position paper will be presented to
the State Board of Education on February 6, 2008 and will also be
shared with the Division of Exceptional Learners. Family Voices
believes that parent/family input will be received with greater impact
if we present a united front. To facilitate the strength and unified
presentation of the family voice in Indiana, we invite you to become a
signatory of this position paper.
Organizations, as well as individuals, are invited to join as
signatories. To do so, please respond with the following:
Logo (if available)
Website if available

Full name
Role (parent, student, specific provider etc)
City and county

Responses and questions should be directed to and
must be received no later than January 31,2008.
Updates on signatories will be posted as they are received, with a
final posting prior to the February 6, 2008 State Board of Education

Thank you for your support.

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