On Monday, December 2nd, we celebrate Special Education Day!  It marks the anniversary of our nation's first federal special education law - the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).  The goal of IDEA is to provide children with disabilities the same opportunity for education as those students who do not have a disability.  This lays an important and inclusive foundation in development.  Below are resources to help you learn more about the IDEA.

Today, the IDEA governs how states and public agencies provide early intervention (between birth to two years of age), special education, and related services to more than 6.5 million eligible infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities.  The IDEA helps ensure students with a disability are provided with Free Appropriate Public Education tailored to meet their individual needs.  The IDEA is administered by the U.S. Department of Education. 

  1. Overview of the IDEA:This link provides information about the law/policy, reports, grants funding, and additional resource for different stakeholders.:


  2. IDEA Resources for Parents and Families:Parents and families want the best for their family members.Link targeted to support parents and families with resources.


  3. FAQ About Section 504 and the Education of Children with Disabilities:Link to FAQ on the requirements of Section 504 as it relates to protection, evaluation, placement, and procedural safeguards.


  4. A Transition Guide Resource:A revised May 2017 report from the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) titled A Transition Guide to Post Secondary Education and Employment for Students and Youth with Disabilities.


  5. OSEP – Ideas that Work:The Office of Special Education Program (OSEP), housed within U.S. Department of Education, develops a wide range of research-based topics, publications, and resources to assist stakeholders to improve results for students with disabilities.This link can help you find a Center and additional resources for stakeholders and grantees.