Individuals With Disabilities Education Act Case Study

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Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) was put into place to allow student with disabilities an education that would meet the needs of the child. (Yell, 2012) IDEA has helped shape special education that we see today. In this paper the following ideas will be discussed the protections included in the IDEA for students with disabilities receiving special education and their parents , how the requirements will shape my future practices, and why the requirements will shape my future practices related to students with disabilities receiving special education services. Under IDEA students who qualify for special education services under at least one of thirteen categories are entitle to certain protections. Students who do qualify are entitled to services from birth to 21 years old. These students should be provided with a free appropriate public education (FAPE). This falls under the zero reject principle of IDEA. To regulate this principle the states use a child find system to identify, …show more content…
“A fair and accurate evaluation is extremely important to ensure proper placement and, therefore, an appropriate education.” (Yell, 2012) Students cannot be placed in special education based on the results of one test. Based upon the test results an Individual Education Plan (IEP) must be created to meet the needs of the student that has qualified in one of the thirteen disability categories. Parents should be involved in all matters of their child's education. IDEA mandates that parents need to involved in the IEP process. Parents are our greatest ally. Students have the right to a least restrictive environment (LRE). This means the student with disabilities must be in the room with non-disable students as much as they can. A least restrictive environment can look different for different students. It is an environment that is lest restrictive to that particular