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Federal Law “IDEA”

Ensures that children with disabilities are provided with a FAPE (Free and Appropriate Public Education) 
Applies to children, birth through 21 years old
Provides for IEP’s [Link to “What is an IEP” slide]
Calls for education in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE)
Initially enacted into law in 1975 (as PL 94-142) and reauthorized in 1997 and 2004.