The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is the landmark special education legislation that guides how states, school districts and public agencies provide early intervention, special education and related services to more than 6.5 million eligible infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities.

Part B of the legislation describes the processes that school systems must use to identify and educate children with disabilities, ages 3 to 22. Part C describes the responsibilities that states have for providing early intervention services to babies and toddlers with disabilities or developmental delays.

IDEA 2004 emphasizes the importance of having high expectations and improved educational results for children with disabilities. Supporting this is increased parent participation in the development of their child's educational program.

The Complex Care Center at Cincinnati Children's provides resources to help families find the special education programs and supports they need.