IDEA stands for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. It was originally enacted by Congress in 1975 to ensure that children with disabilities have the opportunity to receive a free appropriate public education, and now has been revised several times.
The most recent amendments were passed by Congress in December 2004, with final regulations published in August 2006 (Part B for school-aged children) and in September 2011 (Part C, for babies and toddlers).
To access the full law verbatim, click here.
To access Part C of IDEA: Early Intervention for Babies and Toddlers, click here. Part C is the federal law for infants and toddlers with disabilities (birth-3) and their families to receive early intervention services.
To access Part B of IDEA: Services for School-aged Children, click here. Part B is the federal law for children and youth (ages 3-22) to receive special education and related services.
If you have any questions about IDEA, you should visit IDEA Department of Education website.