IDEA - Public Information

What is the IDEA Act

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a nationwide law that makes free, appropriate public education available to eligible children with disabilities, and ensures special education and related services to those children. The Act governs how states 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.


20 U.S. Code § 1400: "Disability is a natural part of the human experience and in no way diminishes the right of individuals to participate in or contribute to society. Improving educational results for children with disabilities is an essential element of our national policy of ensuring equality of opportunity, full participation, independent living, and economic self-sufficiency for individuals with disabilities."
Part B

IDEA Part B dictates the special education and related services for children and youth ages 3 to 21

Part B Application

Interactive Spreadsheet

   Part C

    IDEA Part C entails the early intervention services provided to families and their infants and toddlers from birth to age 2

Part C Application


Additionally, the IDEA authorizes:
  • Formula grants to states to support special education and related services and early intervention services.
  • Discretionary grants to state educational agencies, institutions of higher education, and other nonprofit organizations to support research, demonstrations, technical assistance and dissemination, technology development, personnel preparation and development, and parent-training and -information centers.
Congress reauthorized the IDEA in 2004 and most recently amended the IDEA through Public Law 114-95, the Every Student Succeeds Act, in December 2015.

State Advisory Panel

Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) requires that an advisory group be established for both Part B & Part C of IDEA. These advisory groups are made up of individuals such as parents of students with disabilities, providers, private and public charter school representatives, and individuals with disabilities. 

Meetings will take place in the Cross Office Building 111 Sewall Street Augusta. Appointments will be made over the summer, with meetings beginning in September. Responsibilities will likely include quarterly meetings in Augusta, or through the use of technology. 

2019-2020 Meetings: 

October 23, 2019, 10:00 am–12:00 Room 103A

November 20, 2019, 10:00 am–12:00 Room 600 - Cancelled 

December 11, 2019, 10:00 am–12:00 Room 103A

January 15, 2020, 10:00 am–12:00 Room 300

February 26, 2020, 10:00 am–12:00 Room 103A

March 18, 2020,10:00 am–12:00 Room 103A

April 15, 2020, 10:00 am–12:00 Room 103A

May 20, 2020, 10:00 am–12:00 Room 103A

June 17, 2020, 10:00 am–12:00 Room 103A

Meeting Minutes: 03.20.2019, 04.17.2019, 05.15.2019, 06.12.2019 09.18.2019 10.23.19 12.11.19, 01.25.20