The Individual With Disabilities Education Act Essay

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Introduction This paper will discuss the Individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), how it applies to special education, the group it applies to and how it affects the classroom. Secondly, it will define inclusion. Then, it will discuss the importance and impact, and the benefits and difficulties of inclusion on special education, as well as how it affects the classroom. Lastly, this paper will discuss the affect of stress on the families of children with disabilities, and provide available resources.
Legislation
The IDEA was based on a belief that all children can learn. This act changed special education by providing five main things to students with disabilities. The five provisions of this act are: all disabled students are entitled to a free public education (FAPE) at no cost to prepare them for employment or independent life, schools are required to use a multidisciplinary assessment that is nondiscriminatory to determine the disabled student’s educational needs, it is the right of the parents to be involved in decisions regarding their student’s education, every special education student must have an individualized education program (IEP), and every student has the right to inclusion (Hardman, Drew, & Egan, 2013). The IDEA applies to all students that have been appropriately evaluated and are determined to have any of the following disabilities, mental retardation, a hearing impairment to included deafness, a speech or language impairment, a visual…

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