Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a law ensuring services to children with disabilities throughout the nation. IDEA governs how states and public agencies provide early intervention, special education and related services to more than 6.5 million eligible infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities.
Infants and toddlers with disabilities (birth-2) and their families receive early intervention services under IDEA Part C. Children and youth (ages 3-21) receive special education and related services under IDEA Part B.
Here is a link to the IDEA website. And, an IDEA Tool Kit developed by the U.S.Department of Education which includes a toolkit for educators and a toolkit for parents.
The WEA Special Education Support Center has also created a comprehensive, accessible manual – Special Education in Washington State: a handbook for parents and educators.