Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

About the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a law that makes available a free appropriate public education to eligible children with disabilities throughout the nation and ensures special education and related services to those children. The 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.

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Celebrating the History of the IDEA

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act is the legislative foundation for all services that students with disabilities receive in schools today. At the 35th anniversary of its passage, this video takes a look back to what the conditions were like before IDEA, and how its passage has changed the educational landscape for students with disabilities today.

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U.S. Department of Education IDEA Homepage

The U.S. Department of Education's Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) website brings together IDEA information and resources from the Department and our grantees.

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