Individuals With Disabilities Education Act

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Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) 2004 went into effect July 01, 2005.
IDEA Part C covers children through the age of two, Part B covers children from the age of three to twenty-one. Children with disabilities are guaranteed special education services, and a fair and impartial education regardless of what or severity of their disability, from the time they are born to the time they graduate high school. The families of the children with disabilities cannot be asked to pay for special education services due to the Free Appropriate Public Education act. Another aspect of IDEA is students with disabilities must be placed in a least restrictive environment with kids in their grade, with a paraprofessional aid, and with proper services. IDEA covers thirteen categories of disabilities they are specific learning disabilities, speech or language impairment, intellectual (mental retardation) disabilities, emotional disturbance, hearing impairment, physical impairments, other heath impairment, visual impairment, autism, deaf/blindness, traumatic brain injury, and developmental delays. The purpose of IDEA 2004 is to make sure that all children with disabilities have the option of a free education with the help of a paraprofessional aid and other services which meets their needs, and gets them ready for future education.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) states that any person with a disability cannot be discriminated against for a job opportunity, for
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