Access to the General Education Curriculum

  •  IDEA 2004

    Prior to 1997 amendment:  ...children with disabilities were given the right to receive a “free appropriate public education” (FAPE) in the “least restrictive environment" (LRE). The purpose  was to provide students with disabilities the right to a public education, individually tailored to address disability-specific needs. This initial law focused on providing students with disabilities access to special education services  as well as physical access to the school building.

             Following 1997 Amendment:  ...Special education is “specially designed instruction” whose purpose is to address the unique needs of the child that result from the child’s disability; and to ensure access of the child to the general curriculum, so that he or she can meet the educational standards within the jurisdiction of the public agency that apply to all children.
          •“ of students with disabilities can be made more effective by having high expectations for such children and ensuring their access to the general education curriculum in the regular classroom, to the maximum extent possible…”


Last Modified on November 30, 2018