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."