The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is the federal Special Education Law. Since it was first passed in 1975, IDEA has transformed public education and the lives of children with disabilities and their families across the United States.
Because of IDEA
- children and young adults with disabilities often did not receive appropriate education services
- many were excluded entirely from public schools or the general cirriculum
- undiagnosed disabilities prevented children from succeeding in school
- inadequate resources in schools forced families to seek education services outside the public school system
IDEA changed the world for infants, children, and young adults with disabilities. Parent Centers are an integral part of its success.
- children and young adults with disabilities receive a free, appropriate public education (FAPE) in the least restrictive environment (LRE)
- many students progress to postsecondary education, employment, independent living, and being part of their community
- families can look to the future with hope
The Mississippi Parent Training and Information Center was funded by the United States Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) in October of 2006.
We are a part of a nationwide network of parent centers. For more information about the parent center network visit www.parentcenterhub.org/the-parent-center-network/