What is the purpose of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)?

Published: June 16th, 2016

The purpose of the IDEA is to “ensure that all children with disabilities have available to them a free appropriate public education [FAPE] that emphasizes special education and related services designed to meet their unique needs and prepare them for further education, employment, and independent living.” [34 C.F.R. § 300.1(a)]