OADDP is beginning an outreach to OEA members working in Special Education.
To begin this outreach, OADDP has developed a Special Education and DD Services Survey. (Click to fill out the survey online or download a copy for distribution in your local.) Copies will be available at the OADDP table at the OEA Spring 2016 RA. The survey is for both Special Education Staff at Local School Districts and County Board of DD staff.
OADDP has traditionally focused on the needs of staff members working at the County Boards of DD. However, approximately one-fifth of our OADDP membership works at Local School Districts and in some way are involved in Special Education. Meanwhile, a vast majority of OEA members working in Special Education are unaware of OADDP or the opportunity to be involved in an organization focused on Special Education.
Several factors have lead OADDP to recognize that our organization must reach out to these members. First, there is no other OEA Associated Organization focused on Special Education. Second, students with developmental disabilities that were previously served by County Boards of DD are now at their local school. Third, OEA members working in Special Education have unique contract and professional issues distinct from those of many K-12 staff.
OADDP Leadership is available to meet with OEA members to explain our mission. We would appreciate any help you can provide to help local leaders and members become aware of our organization and our Survey.