Saturday, November 10, 2012

IDEA—the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

From National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY)

IDEA was originally enacted by Congress in 1975 to ensure that children with disabilities have the opportunity to receive a free appropriate public education, just like other children.  The law has been revised many times over the years.

The most recent amendments were passed by Congress in December 2004, with final regulations published in August 2006 (Part B for school-aged children) and in September 2011 (Part C, for babies and toddlers). So, in one sense, the law is very new, even as it has a long, detailed, and powerful history.

NICHCY’s website is full of information about IDEA. We are pleased to connect you with:

  • Summaries of IDEA’s requirements, which shape what school systems do;
  • IDEA itself—to read IDEA’s exact words, you can either download a copy of the law and its regulations, or read them here online;
  • Guidance on IDEA from the Office of Special Education Programs at the U.S. Department of Education;
  • Legal analysis that’s appeared in law journals;
  • Training materials on IDEA that you can use to fully inform yourself and others; and
  • 20 indicators by which the Office of Special Education Programs measures States’ implementation of IDEA.
Read more HERE.
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