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Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a law ensuring services to children with disabilities throughout the nation. 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.

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act states that "Disability is a natural part of the human experience and in no way diminishes the right of individuals to participate in or contribute to society. Improving educational results for children with disabilities is an essential element of our national policy of ensuring equality of opportunity, full participation, independent living, and economic self-sufficiency for individuals with disabilities..."

IDEA 2004 Summary
Building the Legacy: IDEA 2004
Individuals with Disabilities Improvement Act of 2004
IDEA & NCLB: What Parents Need to Know
New IDEA Parent Guide
IDEA 2004 Part C Proposed Regulation Comparison 
Summary of Changes in the IDEA 2004 Regulations
Resolutions for Student Success
Side-by-Side Comparison of the 2011 Final Part C Regulations to the 1999 Regulations
Surviving Due Process Video 


U.S.Dept. of Special Education – IDEA page

California Department of Education

Disability Rights CA IDEA Part C page

Ed Law Center

IDEA Training

Parent Center Hub


Recursos en Español


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