The Right to a Free Appropriate Public Education

IDEA - What is it?

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act is a Federal law which states that individuals with disabilities are entitled to a free appropriate public education.

What is a "free appropriate public education"?

A free appropriate public education is one which includes specially designed instruction and related services such as speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and other services which may be required to meet your child's unique individual needs.

Do you have a child with a disability?

IDEA identifies the following areas of disability: mental retardation, hearing impairments, speech or language impairments, visual impairments, serious emotional disturbance, orthopedic impairments, autism, traumatic brain injury, specific learning disabilities, developmental delay, and other health impairments.

Is your child entitled to services?

If your child has one of these conditions and, as a result of that condition needs special education, he or she is entitled to services.

How are the required services identified and provided?

Once a child is determined to be eligible for special education services, an individualized education program (IEP) is written for him. The parents work with the professional members of the school system to identify the type of services required and the least restrictive environment in which those services can be provided.