Presentation on theme: "John J. Trifiletti, Ph.D. July 18, 2008. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a United States federal law that governs how states."— Presentation transcript:
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a United States federal law that governs how states and public agencies provide early intervention, special education, and related services to children with disabilities. It addresses the educational needs of children with disabilities from birth to the age of 21.United States federal lawspecial education
The IDEA is considered to be a civil rights law. However, states are not required to participate. Since its inception, all states have chosen to participate.
The IDEA was formerly known as the Education for All Handicapped Children Act but has grown considerably since. IDEA became a federal standard by an act of Congressional adoption in 1975 but has been amended many times since. The IDEA was most recently amended in 2004, which was a significant update.
In defining the purpose of special education, IDEA 2004 clarifies Congress’ intended outcome for each child with a disability: students must be provided a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) that prepares them for further education, employment and independent living. [Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) [
An IEP Meeting must generate objective, observable goals for a 12-month period. Parents have an equal role to the educational personnel who are required to participate in the Meeting.