Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

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The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a law ensuring services to children with disabilities throughout the nation. 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 (http://idea.ed.gov/). The low now applies to infants and toddlers from birth through age two, young children (ages three through five), and older students through age twenty-one (Exceptional Lives Special Education in Today’s Schools). IDEA provide a free appropriate public education to all students with disabilities from birth to age twenty-one). A specific part of the law mandates public schools to create an…show more content…
Department of Education, On September 6, 2011, the U.S. Department of Education announced the release of the final regulations for the early intervention program under Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). These final regulations will help improve services and outcomes for America 's infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families. The final Part C regulations incorporate provisions in the 2004 amendments to Part C of the IDEA. Additionally, the final regulations provide States with flexibility in some areas, while ensuring State accountability to improve results and providing needed services for infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families. The regulations focus on measuring and improving outcomes for the approximately 350,000 children served by the Part C program with the goal of ensuring that such children are ready for preschool and kindergarten,…show more content…
According to the U.S. Department of Education, the new regulations have two basic requirements; First, the public agency must notify parents in writing of a number of safeguards to protect their rights before the public agency accesses the child’s or parent’s public benefits or insurance to pay for services under the IDEA for the first time and annually thereafter. Second, the public agency must obtain a one-time written consent from the parent that meets the requirements of 34 CFR §99.30 and §300.622, and also specifies that the parent understands and agrees that the public agency may access the child’s or parent’s public benefits or insurance to pay for special education or related services under part

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