Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE)
FAPE relates to special education and related services that are provided at public expense, under public supervision and direction, without charge to the student or family. These services include an appropriate preschool, elementary school, or secondary school education and are provided in conformity with an Individualized Education Program (IEP).
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
IDEA is our nation’s special education law and was first passed in 1975. IDEA guides how special education and related services are provided to children in the United States.
Individualized Education Program (IEP)
An IEP defines the individualized objectives of a student with special needs, as defined by federal regulations. The IEP is intended to help the student reach educational goals more easily and must be tailored to the individual student’s needs as identified by the IEP evaluation process.