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Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) serves more than 6.5 million children in our nation's schools and preserves a free, appropriate public education for children with disabilities, including students with communication disorders. Infants and toddlers with disabilities (birth-2) and their families receive early intervention services under IDEA Part C, and children and youth (3-21) receive special education and related services under IDEA Part B. 


Learn more about what IDEA really means and its impact on the professions by reading the issue briefs.

    IDEA Part B (ages 3–21) Regulations and Issue Briefs

    Other Resources

    IDEA Part C (birth–age 2) Regulations and Issue Briefs

    2011 IDEA Part C (birth–age 2)

    Additional ASHA Resource

    IDEA Milestones: 1975–2013

    ASHA Corporate Partners