Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
California’s IDEA act was instituted to ensure that free, appropriate public education (FAPE) is available for every child with a disability. Under the IDEA act, school administrations are required to identify every child with a disability, physical, emotional, or mental, and ensure that an Individual Education Program (IEP) is set in place for that child, which is then managed by a designated IEP team.
Under the IDEA act, the IEP team for the disabled child must include:
At least one regular educator
At least one special educator
A public agency representative with knowledge of the educational system
An individual who can interpret the implications of instructional and evaluational guidelines.
It is extremely important that your child’s IEP is written with your child, and not the school, in mind. Your child’s school should not be putting their budget cuts ahead of your child’s needs. In addition, an IEP, as indicated by the name, is intended to be a specific plan, based upon your child’s individual needs. If your school district is using the same IEP for all of it’s special needs students, they may be violating the terms of the IDEA act. If you believe that your child’s IEP has been violated, we can help.