OSEP Expectations for Family Engagement in Discretionary Grants

The purpose of this document is to clarify the Office of Special Education Programs’ (OSEP) expectations for its grantees as they engage families of children and youth with disabilities (families) in project planning, implementation, and evaluation.

OSEP envisions relevant, sustained, and equitable engagement of family members informing the planning, implementation, and evaluation of all its discretionary grants. OSEP expects grants to actively plan and implement strategies that recruit and support families to be engaged with the grants in order to improve the quality, relevance, and usefulness of grants’ products and services and thereby improve outcomes for children with disabilities and their families.

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