NEA Teams Up To Better Serve Students with Disabilities
NEA has finalized partnership agreements with the National Alliance of Pupil Service Organizations (NAPSO) and the IDEA Partnership, both of which work to improve services to and the quality of education for students with disabilities.
NAPSO serves the interests of pupil service and related service personnel, supporting interdisciplinary practice and collaboration, and ensuring access to quality pupil services for all students.
NAPSO organizations represent over a million members, including school counselors, school nurses, psychologists, school psychologists, social workers and school social workers; occupational therapists, physical therapists, art therapists, dance/movement therapists, and music therapists; speech-language pathologists and audiologists; teachers, students, parents, and administrators.
The IDEA Partnership focuses on building collaborative efforts among 55 national organizations representing teachers, related services providers, administrators, parents and disability advocates.
According to its mission statement, "The IDEA Partnership is dedicated to improving outcomes for students and youth with disabilities by joining state agencies and stakeholders through shared work and learning."
Together with the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) in the U. S. Department of Education, the IDEA Partner organizations address issues such as personnel quality, professional development, student mental health, transition, and dispute resolution using a "community of practice" framework.