The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a federal law that was enacted in 1975 and has been updated several times. The purpose of the IDEA is “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.” With the enactment of this law, children with disabilities could go to school and be educated with children without disabilities. The child must need special education and related services (e.g., occupational therapy, speech-language therapy, etc.) to be able to access the general education curriculum.
If your child is determined to be eligible under IDEA, then an Individualized Education Program (IEP) is developed that describes your child’s needs and how the school district will meet those needs.
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