IDEA: Parts A, B, C & D

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  • 0:58 Part A
  • 1:28 Part B
  • 3:53 Part C
  • 5:19 Part D
  • 5:46 Lesson Summary
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Instructor: Derek Hughes
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) of 2004 is a very important law for all teachers to know and understand. This lesson will detail the law and break it down into its four component parts.


If you are a general education classroom teacher, special education classroom teacher, assistant teacher, or any staff member in a school, you are affected by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, or IDEA. This act, signed into law by George W. Bush in 2004, defines and mandates equal access to education for students with disabilities and accountability for providers of that education.

The law is broken down into four distinct parts: A, B, C, and D. Each part deals with a specific area of the law, so understanding each section gives you a clear picture of the law as a whole. As an educator you are responsible for understanding this law and ensuring your compliance with its mandates.

Part A

The first section of IDEA, Part A, serves as a foundation for the rest of the law. In this section, you will find definitions of terms used throughout the law. However, this section also establishes an important agency within the Department of Education called the Office of Special Education Programs. This agency bears the dual responsibility of helping professionals who serve students with disabilities and protecting the rights of students with disabilities.

Part B

Part B is arguably the most important section of IDEA, as it sets the guidelines and mandates for the education of students with disabilities from age 3-21. In this section, you will find many key terms that are the cornerstones of any special education program. Part B outlines six principles that schools must comply with in order to receive funding under IDEA.

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