At a Glance: Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE)

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) says that each child who has a disability and needs special education and related services will receive a free and appropriate public education (FAPE).

An Overview of the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act

Every child deserves a quality education. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act ensures that all children with special needs have access to a “free appropriate public education” and they have the necessary tools to meet their educational goals.

Autism Speaks IEP Guide

Individualized Education Programs play a critical role in ensuring that students with autism and other special needs have access to the education that they deserve and to which they are entitled. It is important to understand your rights, as well as the IEP process, to become the best advocate for your child’s education. And this guide is a great place to start! 

A Parent’s Guide to A Successful Kindergarten Transition

For incoming kindergartners with special needs, the federal special education law (i.e., the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) allows the school team to develop either an Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) or an Individualized Education Plan (IEP). However, no matter which plan your child has, it should be appropriate for a kindergarten-aged child rather than for a preschooler.

School Seizure Action Plan 

Downloadable Seizure Action Plan with Emergency Seizure Care Instructions.

Special Ed Procedural Safeguards (Parent Rights) for Each State

Procedural Safeguards, sometimes called Parent Rights, are the laws each state has implemented in order to ensure compliance with IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act). While the Federal Government establishes laws for special education through the IDEA, it does not always provide specifics on how to implement the laws.