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What is IDEA?

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act is viewed as a “Bill of Rights” for children with exceptionalities and their families. It is the culmination of many years of dedicated effort by both parents and professionals. Like many other special educators, we consider this law to be one of the most important, if not the most important pieces of legislation ever enacted on behalf of children with special needs.

Frequently Asked Questions: Who is Covered Under IDEA?

EVERYBODY is covered under IDEA, but here are the 13 Categories of Disabilities under IDEA:

  • Specific Learning Disability (SLD)

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

  • Emotional Disturbance

  • Speech or Language Impairment

  • Visual Impairment, Including Blindness

  • Deafness

  • Hearing Impairment

  • Deaf-Blindness

  • Orthopedic Impairment

  • Intellectual Disability

  • Traumatic Brain Injury

  • Multiple Disabilities

  • Other Health Impairment

14 Mandates of IDEA

  • FAPE

  • Categories of Disabilities

  • Special Education

  • Related Services

  • Child Identification/Child Find

  • Full Educational Opportunities Goal

  • Physical Education

  • Priorities

  • IEP

  • Due Process

  • Protection in Evaluation Procedures

  • LRE

  • Confidentiality of Information

  • Transition

1997 Amendments

  • Mastery of IEP Goals

  • Engagement vs. Mere Participation of Parents

  • Discipline in Special Education

  • LRE= General Curriculum

2004 Amendments

  • Improving Educational Results for Children with Disabilities

  • Aligns IDEA with NCLB

  • Reduce Paperwork

  • Improve Early Intervention Strategies

  • Correct Over Identification

  • Reduce Litigation

  • Ensure School Safety

  • Implement Complete Funding of IDEA

2008 Amendments

  • Parental Consent

  • Hearing Rights

  • Monitoring

  • Enforcement

Additional Information

  • IDEA governs how states and public agencies provide early intervention, special education and related services to more than 6.5 million eligible infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities.

  • Infants and toddlers with disabilities (birth-2) and their families receive early intervention services under IDEA Part C.

  • Children and youth (ages 3-21) receive special education and related services under IDEA Part B.

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