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.
Infants and toddlers with disabilities (birth-2) and their families receive early intervention services under IDEA Part C. Children and youth (ages 3-21) receive special education and related services under IDEA Part B.
Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act 2004Public CommentUnited States Department of Education - Notice of Public Hearing - July 16, 2014
Federal Law and Regulation
- Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part B Final Supplemental Regulations Issued December 1, 2008 and Effective December 31, 2008 – Non-Regulatory Guidance - May 2009
- New Requirements for Special Education Programs and Services: Amendments to Federal Regulations to Implement the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA 2004) - January 2009
- FINAL Federal Regulations to Implement IDEA as published in the Federal Register on August 14, 2006.
- Reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act- 2004 - Text of Law
- Reauthorization of IDEA 2004 PDF (418 KB)
- U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs’ (OSEP’s) IDEA website - This site was created to provide a "one-stop shop" for resources related to IDEA and its implementing regulations.
- National Association of State Directors of Special Education, Inc. (NASDSE) This site has a side-by-side comparison of IDEA 1997 and IDEA 2004. (April 20, 2005)
- United States Department of Education - IDEA Resource Page The latest information on public meetings and federal announcements related to IDEA 2004. (April 20, 2005)
- Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) - A Guide to "Frequently Asked Questions" from the federal Committee on Education and the Workforce and Subcommittee on Education Reform (February 17, 2005)