The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a federal law that supports special education and related programming for youth with disabilities. The law ensures that youth with disabilities are granted a free appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment. 


  • Ensures that all youth with disabilities receive special education and related services to address their individual needs
  • Prepares youth with disabilities for employment and independent living
  • Protects the rights of children with disabilities and their families
  • Assesses the efforts of institutions providing services to children with disabilities
  • Helps states, localities and agencies provide for the education of children with disabilities


Learn more

IDEA overview | U.S. Department of Education

IDEA | Center for Parent Education and Resources

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