The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, or IDEA is the collection of federal regulations for special education that ensures a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) for students with disabilities that attend public schools. IDEA requires that each public school provide services to eligible special education students in the least restrictive environment (LRE) and in accordance with each student’s individualized education program (IEP). (TEA, 2021)
Inclusion can be defined as the practice of educating all children in the same classroom, including children with physical, mental, and developmental disabilities. Inclusion classerooms often require a special assistant to the classroom teacher. Region One ESC provides instructional and accomodations supports through the Special Education Program to help area public school districts and charter schools to implement inclusion with fidelity.
Educators and administrators receive no-cost supports that include onsite and virtual trainings, guidance, and technical assistance and information sharing about resources to help all children be successful in the general education curriculum. Information about assessment and other support agencies is also provided.
Region One ESC offers these supports from this website, delivers training and hosts meetings at our three offices (Edinburg, Laredo, and Brownsville) and will meet with you and provide supports at your location. Contact Diana Saenz at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.