Q & A Series on IDEA

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Foto de la bandera de los EE.UU. Closeup of the flag of the USA.NICHCY is pleased to offer this series on IDEA 2004 and its requirements. Each Q&A in the series looks closely at what our nation’s special education law has to say about a specific subject. There are only two Q&As at the moment, but more will be coming!

The Q&As are copyright-free, as are all NICHCY’s publications, so you are welcome to share them as widely as you’d like. Here are the first two issues in the series, for your reading and sharing pleasure:


Questions and Answers about IDEA 1: Purposes and Key Definitions
Find out what Congress has established as the purposes of IDEA. Also learn how four of IDEA’s key terms are defined: free appropriate public education (FAPE), child with a disability, special education, and related services. (2009, 8 pages)

Questions and Answers about IDEA 2: Parent Participation
Parent participation is one of IDEA’s foundational principles, strongly supported through explicit provisions and guarantees. This includes parents’ right to participate in meetings and decision making regarding their child’s special education. Go straight to the heart of the matter here in this 12-page Q&A.

NOTICE: NICHCY is going away, but its resources are not. Find hundreds of legacy NICHCY publications, as well as our training curriculum on IDEA 2004, in the Center for Parent Information and Resources' Library at http://www.parentcenterhub.org/resources. This website will remain available until September 30, 2014. After that date, web visitors will be automatically redirected to http://www.parentcenterhub.org.