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Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.was established 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 employment and independent living;
  • to ensure that the rights of children with disabilities and parents of such children are protected;
  • to assist States, localities, educational service agencies, and Federal agencies to provide for the education of all children with disabilities;
  • to assist States in the implementation of a statewide, comprehensive, coordinated, multidisciplinary, interagency system of early intervention services for infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families;
  • to ensure that educators and parents have the necessary tools to improve educational results for children with disabilities by supporting systemic-change activities; coordinated research and personnel preparation; coordinated technical assistance, dissemination, and support; and technology development and media services; and
  • to assess, and ensure the effectiveness of, efforts to educate children with disabilities.

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Amendments of 1997 Public Law 105-17, were signed by the President on June 4, 1997. The Final IDEA '97 Regulations were released on Friday, March 12, 1999.

Federal Government Documents

IDEA Documents
  • IDEA - The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Amendments of 1997 Public Law 105-17, were signed by the President on June 4, 1997.
  • IDEA Regulations - The Final IDEA '97 Regulations were released on Friday, March 12, 1999.
No Child Left Behind Documents
  • Policy Guidance - This guidance highlights some important aspects of the public school choice component of Title I, and provides guidance on some provisions that may be useful in administering and implementing these requirements.
  • NCLB and Children with Disabilities - Powerpoint presentation on the relationship of No Child Left Behind legislation and children with disabilities.
  • Final Rule - The text of the final rule implementing the No Child Left Behind legislation.

Resouce Site Links

  • Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Discipline of Students with Disabilities - What the Law Allows and Requires presented by Elaine Roberts on October 8, 2003
  • IDEA Practices Site - The IDEA Practices site is operated by the IDEA Partnerships supported by grants from US Department of Education. The IDEA Partnerships have been working together for five years to inform professionals, families and the public about IDEA '97 and strategies to improve educational results for children and youth with disabilities.
  • OSEP Legislation & Policy - OSEP assists states with implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). This page includes links to resources on IDEA and No Child Left Behind.
  • ED IDEA '97 Site
  • Education Section of DisabilityInfo.gov - The DisabilityInfo.gov site includes a section devoted to education issues. The site includes a wide range of links to resources on disability issue and disability. The site include K-12 as well as post seconday materials.
  • NCD IDEA Reautorization - This page, sponsored by the National Council on Disability, provides links to a wide range of documents, testimony, and reports related to the reautorization of IDEA during 2002.
  • House IDEA Reauthorization Committee - The House Committe on Reauthorization of IDEA is inviting comments from the public. This page provides and introduction and link to the comment form.
  • House Committee on Education and the Workforce - The House Committee on Education and the Workforce is responsible for the No Child Left Behind legislation. This site provides a wide range of useful materials on the No Child Left Behind law.
  • No Child Left Behind - This Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs provides links to many No Child Left Behind (NCLB) policy documents affecting the education of Infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities.
 
 
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