The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), originally enacted in 1975, entitles eligible children to education programs that meet their special needs. An Individualized Education Plan (IEP) is developed for eligible children to identify their specific educational needs and strategies for meeting them. Both the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) and IDEA contain provisions for procedures for Child Protective Services (CPS) agencies to screen or refer children under the age of 3 in substantiated cases of abuse or neglect for evaluation of IDEA eligibility.

For more information about IDEA, visit the following Web sites.