Idea- A Ray Of Hope For The Disabled!


Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), formerly the EAHCA is an act originally enacted in 1975 by the U.S Congress aiming to provide special education to approximately six million disabled children throughout the country.

Not only does the law cater to the special education needs of such children but also take care of their individualized needs. The law has become widely popular because it has come to the rescue of several afflicted families and children and is impartial in its treatment meted out to them.

Since its inception, the law has been revised three times– that is in 1990, 1997 and 2004 in an attempt to help maximum number of people and to make its benefits available to them. The most remarkable feature of this law is that it seeks to provide impartial education to children with disabilities such as mental retardation, hearing impairments, and visual impairments, by providing them education on the same platform as with the more privileged children.

Another important aspect of IDEA is that it elevates the position of the parents of disabled children on an equal footing with school officials in shaping the educational needs of their child. Under this Act, funds are provided by the State to local educational agencies, parents, guardians, schools and private institutions catering to the disabled children, thus providing equal opportunities to them in life.

The act is a noted feat because of its effectiveness and its efforts in educating children with disabilities, though it must be noted that it does not take into account the medical services of such children.

The law is a path-breaking attempt providing various benefits to millions of children and their families who have been struggling due to their physical disabilities.