Individuals With Disabilities Education Act Of 2004 Essay

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There have been some great accomplishments from the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004 (IDEA) and the Education of All Handicapped Children Act (EAHCA). Prior to this act, there were no promises that a child with a learning disability would be able to get free funding for education, let alone have a child with a learning disability go to school. In most cases the school felt that they were not obligated to care of these individuals. Instead these children were forced into institutions that even criminals wouldn’t envy and with no guarantee that they would ever be released. So, I believe that the laws for IDEA 2004 do well to protect disabled learners and people with special needs. In order for a child to be qualified for IDEA, they must have a disability that is debilitating to their education. Once qualified, individuals with learning disabilities (LP) receive free appropriate education, regardless of severity. These students will be able to go into the least restrictive environment that is possible, such as a classroom. They will also have Individualized Educational Programs (IEPs), which are evaluations what the student is capable of, what goals that have in order, participation, etc.…show more content…
Section 504 does not have such the stringent policy that IDEA has, allowing for more individuals to be covered. Section 504 also makes sure that the individual is covered throughout his/her life. IDEA only covers in the ages between 3-21 years ( For many, the laws and rules of IDEA are not perfect but they do offer protection for special learners from being institutionalized because schools and society couldn’t handle them. Special learners are entitled to an education just like the general

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