The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), sometimes called IDEA 2004, is the landmark education legislation that provides services and supports for eligible children with disabilities. Infants and toddlers, birth up to age 3, can receive assistance through early intervention services. Children ages 3 through age 21, who qualify for special education services, must receive a free appropriate public education regardless of the severity of their disability. An individualized education program, called an IEP, is written to address each child's special education needs.
Only certain disabilities are covered under IDEA including autism, intellectual disability, deaf-blindness, deafness, emotional disturbance, hearing impairment, multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairment, specific learning disability, speech or language impairment, traumatic brain injury, visual impairment including both partial sight and blindness, other health impairment.
- Sample letter requesting evaluation for special education services.
- LD Online has a sample letter requesting special education services from your school district.
Learn more about the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).