Elevating the Voices of Disabled Students

Story Guidelines

  • Please remember this is a space for people with disabilities or their direct caregivers. 
  • Refrain from using names of educators, districts, administration, schools, programs or children. 
  • Try to use one prompt/question at a time in your video(s) for length.
  • Keep your story to 2-5 minutes in length. 
  • You can edit or re-do your story. You can ask us to remove your story at any time. 
  • By submitting your video, you agree that SESC and WEA IPTN can use your video for educational purposes. 

Questions/prompts about your experiences. These are just suggestions to help you get started.


  1. What did you find helpful or difficult when your child started school?
  2. What helped/was challenging working with your child’s IEP teams?
  3. Did you feel included in the IEP process?
  4. What worked or didn’t work when you advocated for your child’s educational needs, inclusion, or settings?
  5. Tell us about a time that you felt the school was inclusive. Did you have to advocate?
  6. Was there a time that your child felt excluded? How did you or others respond? 
  7. Did your child have a champion, ally or advocate who really stood out to you? 
  8. Do you feel like your advocacy changed the school’s/district’s perspective and practices? 
  9. Tell us about your experience with your child’s data/progress.
  10. How were behavioral interventions approached with you and your child?
  11. What do you wish teachers would do/say to include you and your child in the school community?
  12. Reflecting back, what would you have done differently or what do you wish you had known?

Students/Former Students

  1. In school, did you feel included, or like an outsider?
  2. Do you think your disability impacted your school experience? How?
  3. How will/do your classmates and teachers remember you? 
  4. What are your best memories of grade school/middle/high school? Worst memories? 
  5. Were there parents, teachers or staff who were allies or advocates in your school? 
  6. Do you feel like your voice was included in your IEP team’s decisions?
  7. Looking back, is there something you would have done differently? 
  8. Do you feel like your teachers understood you?
  9. Do you feel like you or your family’s advocacy changed people’s minds about disability? 
  10. Was there a time you felt labeled as “a behavioral problem”? How did you respond? 
  11. What strategies helped you learn? What strategies didn’t work or felt harmful? 
  12. Did you advocate for yourself? Did it work? How did it feel to ask for help?
  13. Do you feel like you got the support you needed?

Thank you for your help with this project!