The more you learn about your rights, the stronger you will be as an advocate for your child with special needs. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA 2004) is a federal law that provides a free appropriate public education for eligible children with disabilities, regardless of severity. Some students may qualify under another law, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, to receive accommodations and modifications. The No Child Left Behind Act, while not specifically written for children with disabilities, expects that higher educational standards be met for all children.  

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