Special Education/IDEA

College Accessibility for Students With Disabilities: Scholarships and Financial Aid

People with disabilities are rapidly becoming more and more prevalent as college students. According to the National Center of Education Statistics (NCES), students with disabilities made up 11.1 percent of all college students in the 2011-2012 school year. That number is nearly doubled among students who are also veterans. Students with mobility disabilities, sensory disabilities,… Read more »

School Help for Homeless Children with Disabilities: Information for Parents

Helping You Help Your Child: Information for Parents Brief Series
School Help for Homeless Children with Disabilities: Information for Parents

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).   If you and your family are experiencing homelessness, you may be struggling to enroll and keep your children in school. If you have a child with special needs, you may have even more challenges to make sure your child receives the help she needs.

Supporting Homeless Children and Youth with Disabilities: Legislative Provisions …

McKinney-Vento Law Into Practice Brief Series
Supporting Homeless Children and Youth with Disabilities: Legislative Provisions in theMcKinney-Vento Act and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

Children and youth who are homeless face additional educational challenges when they have disabilities. Studies indicate that children who are homeless are twice as likely to have learning disabilities and three times as likely to have an emotional disturbance as children who are not homeless (Better Homes Fund, 1999).

Questions and Answers on Special Education and Homelessness, February 2008

The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services and the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education issue this Question and Answer (Q & A) document to provide State and local educational officials, early intervention services providers, and homeless assistance coordinators with information to assist with implementation of the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and its implementing regulations and the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (McKinney-Vento Act). This Q & A document represents the Department’s current thinking on these topics. It does not create or confer any rights for or on any person. This Q & A document does not impose any requirements beyond those required under applicable law and regulations.

Navigating the Intersections of the McKinney-Vento Act and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

Best Practices in Homeless Education Brief Series
Navigating the Intersections of the McKinney-Vento Act and Individuals with DisabilitiesEducation Act: Coordination to Help Homeless Children and Youth with Disabilities

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is the main federal program concerning the education of children with disabilities. It authorizes state and local aid for special education and related services for children with disabilities and contains detailed due process protections for children with disabilities and their parents.

IDEA Reauthorization at A Glance, 2004

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA): Reauthorization 2004 at a Glance

In December of 2004, President Bush signed into law a new version of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) [Pub. L. No. 108-446]. The legislation will go into effect next school year (2005- 2006). Congress made several changes to the law that will have an impact on children and youth experiencing homelessness.