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IDEA Parent Guide


National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) has created the IDEA Parent Guide to help you become an informed and effective partner with school personnel in supporting your child’s special learning and behavioral needs.

A young man is seen sitting at a table in a school. Educational posters are on the walls and a woman is assisting him with a task.Use this guide to understand:

    • How the federal law, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), generally works in most states
    • What the law requires to determine whether your child has a learning disability
    • What is new to IDEA since Congress last updated the law in 2004
    • What questions you should ask and what information you should prepare in order to be a full and active advocate for your child
    • What resources are available to you

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