Team A: IDEA (2004) Presentation

Workshop Series Outline One


IDEA 2004 and the special education regulations include specific requirements for IEPs of children whose behavior impedes their learning or the learning of other children, including training teachers to use positive behavioral interventions and strategies.

How this legislation positively impacts students with educational disabilities

The IDEA or Individuals with Disabilities Education Act provides early intervention, special education and related services to eligible children from birth to adult. In Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 which protects qualified individuals from discrimination based on their disability. The ADA or Americans with Disabilities Act, which also prohibits discrimination based on disability.

Least Restrictive Environment (LRE)

The IDEA was put in place because your child is also entitled to experience the “least restrictive environment.” The positivity in this situation means your child should be placed in the environment in which he or she has the greatest possible opportunity to interact with children who do not have a disability and to participate in the general education curriculum (Tennessee Disability Coalition, n.d.).

Extended School Year (ESY) Services

Another positive impact of IDEA for exceptional student is that he or she will have access to ESY if there is evidence that the student have experience a substantial regression in skills during school vacations under the IDEA act he or she may be entitled to ESY services. These services would be provided over the course of the summer. The basis of this is to prevent extensive regression, but not to acquire new skills. It is important for the family to remain involved in determining appropriate goals, communicating with the educational team about progress, and working to provide consistency between home and school.


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Tennessee Board of State Education (2013, April 19). Special Guidelines and Standards. Retrieved from

Tennessee Disability Coalition (n.d.). Healthcare at School. Retrieved from

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Pamela Coble
Ericka Bell
Michael Meals
Regan Clark
Sharon Tate