ERIC Number: ED370273
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Questions and Answers about the IDEA.
Kupper, Lisa, Ed.
NICHCY News Digest, v3 n2 Sep 1993
This digest examines the mandates and requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). (Its scope does not include the IDEA's Part H program.) The digest gives a brief history of the IDEA, procedures for obtaining a copy of the IDEA and its regulations, and procedures for obtaining a copy of an individual state's special education law. A section on the purposes and promises of the IDEA reviews the definition of a free appropriate public education, eligibility requirements, the concept of the least restrictive environment, and types of related services. The next section discusses how to access special education services, focusing on evaluation of the child, parental disagreement with evaluation results, use of evaluation results, and re-evaluations. The Individualized Education Program (IEP) is described, and information is provided on the role of educators and parents in developing the IEP. Procedural safeguards established to protect the rights of parents and students and to provide a mechanism for resolving disputes are reviewed. The IDEA's definitions of disabilities and IDEA regulations concerning selected components of the IEP are attached. (JDD)
Descriptors: Compliance (Legal), Disabilities, Due Process, Educational Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education, Eligibility, Federal Legislation, Federal Regulation, Individualized Education Programs, Legal Responsibility, Mainstreaming, Preschool Education, Special Education, Student Evaluation
NICHCY, P.O. Box 1492, Washington, DC 20013 (single copy, free).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Parents; Practitioners
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Interstate Research Associates, McLean, VA.; National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act