What is IDEA 2004?
IDEA 2004 stands for “Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004”. This law was established to make sure children with disabilities have access to public education with the assistance of services. These services enable the child to continue their education in order to prepare them for life as an adult. As a result of this law, children with disabilities are given the opportunity to receive intervention services related to their disability to help them access the public school curriculum.
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What is the Purpose of the law?
“(A) to ensure that all children with disabilities have available to them a free appropriate public education that emphasizes special education and related services designed to meet their unique needs and prepare them for further education, employment and independent living 1400 (d)(1)(A)”.
Why an appropriate education and not the best education?
Parents always want the best for their children but in the case of IDEA 2004 “Best” is a four letter word. Be cautious when discussing your child’s educational needs from using terms like “I want what’s best for my child” or “I just want the best possible education”. The law is very specific in that it only requires an appropriate education and not the best education. (refer to purpose of the law for review)
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