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Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

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Context

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is the nation's federal special education law that ensures that public schools serve the educational needs of students with disabilities. IDEA includes specific provisions related to special education for students experiencing homelessness. Children and youth ages 3-21 receive special education and related services under IDEA Part B. Infants and toddlers ages birth-2 and their families receive early intervention services under IDEA part C.

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Regulations | Guidance | Memoranda


Resources

Building the Legacy: A Training Curriculum on IDEA 2004
This curriculum was produced by the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities at the request of the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) at the U.S. Department of Education. The curriculum is intended to assist in the understanding and implementation of the IDEA 2004 Part B regulations.
Visit the webpage.

IDEA 2004: Nuts & Bolts of Homeless and Foster Care/Ward of the State Provisions
This summary, authored jointly by the National for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY) and the American Bar Association's Center on Children and the Law (ABACCL), summarizes new provisions in the 2004 reauthorization of IDEA that relate to the education of homeless and foster children and youth.
Download the summary.


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The National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE) is the U.S. Department of Education's technical assistance center for the federal Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) Program. NCHE is housed at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

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