Special Education Rights

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is the federal law that gives students with disabilities the right to a free, public education. That means that schools must try to meet the individual needs of each child with disabilities by providing special education and related services that meet each child’s needs.

The IDEA was originally enacted by Congress in 1975 and has been revised many times over the years, most recently as August 2006. The IDEA is implemented locally in all parts of the United States and the special education services throughout the country must meet the Federal and local State IDEA Regulations.

It gives specific requirements to ensure that students with disabilities receive the services they need to achieve their educational goals.
It also requires schools to provide parents of a child with a disability with an Individualized Education Plan (IEP).