IDEA Advisory Panels

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires that an advisory group be established for both Part C and Part B of IDEA. These advisory groups are made up of individuals such as parents of students with disabilities, providers, programs administrators, private and public charter school representatives, and individuals with disabilities. The Part C Interagency Coordinating Council provides advice to the Commissioner of the Department of Education on the implementation of the IDEA program (Part C) that serves children with disabilities from birth to age three. The Part B State Advisory Panel provides advice on the implementation of the IDEA program (Part B) that serves children with disabilities from age three to 26. Members of both groups are appointed by the Governor.

State Interagency Coordinating Council (IDEA, Part C)

IDEA requires that each state establish a state Interagency Coordinating Council, appointed by the governor of the state, for the purpose of advising and assisting the Lead Agency in the implementation of the Part C program. The membership of the Council is specified in statute and regulations. Membership includes at least 20 percent parents of children with disabilities, emphasizing the importance of family involvement in policy and program development.

State Advisory Panel (IDEA, Part B)

IDEA requires that each state establish a State Advisory Panel for the purpose of providing policy guidance with respect to special education and related services for children with disabilities in the State. Membership is specified in the federal regulations and a majority of the members must be individuals with disabilities or parents of children with disabilities (ages birth through 26).