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Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

Definition - What does Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) mean?

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act is a piece of legislation that is federally mandated across the USA, which determines that all children with a disability must be accommodated for in the public education system in order to allow them to avail of an education that is of the same standard of what other children receive. This might include speech or language help, translation, one on one tutelage, or handicapped bathrooms and wheelchair-accessible schools.

Justipedia explains Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

The term Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) is used to describe this situation within the education system, which all children have a right to expect in all states within the USA. The legislation has four parts to it:

  1. The first part deals with general provisions of the law.
  2. The second deals with assistance with education for children with disabilities.
  3. The third part relates to infants and toddlers with disabilities (under age three).
  4. The fourth part deals with national support programs on a federal level.
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