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Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

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The Individuals With Disabilities Education Act, called IDEA, requires public schools to provide a free appropriate public education to all eligible children with disabilities. To do this an Individual Education Program has to be developed specifically for each child. The IEP program must be developed by a team, including collaboration among the child’s teacher, parents and other professionals knowledgeable about special education. Problems often arise when the parents disagree with the school about the service as outlined in the IEP, particularly with regard to whether or not the services are adequate to truly provide the child with education he or she deserves. When problems arise, parents have the right to a due process hearing and other further review depending on the laws in their state. Since this law is very complex, schools often have difficulty complying with IDEA and other special education requirements. An attorney can be an invaluable resource when dealing with the special education needs of a child. For more information, contact an attorney in your area today.

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