Six Principles of IDEA

Six Principles of IDEA

Six Principles of IDEA

This assignment assesses your ability to describe the components of the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act as it pertains to special education practices in the public school setting and to evaluate the effects of legal mandates that contribute to the development of compliant programs, supports and services. This assessment also supports your achievement of Course Learning Outcome 2, 3, 4, and 6 and the MASE Program Learning Outcome 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, and 8.

In this assignment you will demonstrate your understanding of the weekly learning objectives “Describe the components of Individuals With Disabilities Education Act as it pertains to special education practices in the public school setting” and “Evaluate the effects of legal mandates that contribute to the development of compliant programs, supports, and services.” Additionally, completion of this assignment represents an introduction to Course Learning Outcomes 2, 3, 4, and MASE Program Learning Outcomes 4 and 6.

Federal laws govern the rights of children with disabilities in the educational setting. The three most influential and comprehensive statutes include the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504). Each federal law has specific objectives that serve to provide equal access but were also designed as an independent system or guidelines that protect the rights of individuals with disabilities.

According to the Central Florida Parent Center (2009), the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act (IDEA), is grounded in six major principles:

  1. Zero Reject,
  2. Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE),
  3. Nondiscriminatory Identification and Evaluation,
  4. Least Restrictive Environment,
  5. Procedural Safeguards, and
  6. Parent Participation.

This federal law provides guidance and a framework for special education services for students who meet the specified eligibility criteria for one or more disabilities.

For students who do not meet the eligibility criteria for services under IDEA, there are additional safeguards in place for these children. Section 504, is a federal civil rights law that protects against disability discrimination by requiring schools to remove “barriers from learning” (Sansberry, 2015, para 4.). Unlike IDEA, Section 504’s definition is more comprehensive, including any physical or mental impairment that “substantially limits one or more major life activities” (Sansberry, 2015, para. 1.).

Section 504 and IDEA protect a student’s rights to be provided equal access to education free from discrimination; however, the American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA) extends similar protections outside of the academic setting. These settings include employment, communication technology, public services, public accommodations, and other provisions covered under federal and state law (ADA, 2015) throughout the lifespan of the person. Although the ADA has its focus outside of the school setting, this law provides nondiscriminatory access to physical structures and equal access to employment and community service activities.

Using support from your assigned reading, the Instructor Guidance, and the discussions, write a paper intended for an audience of parents, general educators and community leaders who are interested in learning more about the pivotal legislation in the field of special education. Use the following guidelines for creating your written paper.

Content Expectations
Your paper will:

  • In at least three paragraphs summarize the main principles of the IDEA.
  • In at least two paragraphs articulate the main purpose of Section 504.
  • In at least two paragraphs identify the primary protections of the ADA.
  • In at least one paragraph compare how the ADA, Section 504 and the IDEA work in together at the public school level to eliminate barriers.
  • In at least one paragraph synopsize the ways the ADA, Section 504, and the IDEA are uniquely different in their protection of students with disabilities in the public school setting.

Written Expectations

  • Syntax and Mechanics: Exhibit meticulous use of grammar, spelling, organization, and usage throughout your submission.
  • Organization: Use the above listed guidelines for explicit sections/headings within your paper.
  • Paragraphs: Write at least nine, well-constructed paragraphs (4 pages) that include a clear topic sentence not including an introductory paragraph and a conclusion.
  • Source Requirement: Reference at least four scholarly sources, which may include your course textbook in order to provide compelling evidence to support your ideas.
  • Additional Page Requirement: Your submission must include a title and reference page.
  • APA format: All in text citations, page format and references must be written in APA 6th edition format.

Next Steps: Review and Submit the Assignment
Review your assignment with the Grading Rubric to ensure you have achieved the distinguished levels of performance for each criterion. Next, submit your document no later than Day 7.



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The first principle of IDEA is “Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE)” which ensures that children with disability freely get a quality public education. IDEA also emphasizes that the special education, as well as other related services, must be designed to meet each child’s unique needs (Central Florida Parent Center, 2009). The education provided to these children should enable them have independent living, further education and employment. The second…………………….

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