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by Barbara Bateman, Ph.D., J.D.

45 min


IDEA Overview

U.S. National

45 min


Students with disabilities face a brighter future thanks to IDEA.

This course will help you understand the implications of the law and how to comply. The history of IDEA law is remarkable and shows how, through a series of major reforms, the rights of students with disabilities were gradually won. This course lays a great foundation with the 4 purposes of IDEA. You’ll learn about FAPE, LRE, Child Find, evaluation, eligibility, and the various categories of disability as defined in the law. Any coverage of IDEA would be incomplete without a thorough explanation of the Individualized Education Program or IEP and its key components. Lastly, the course culminates with the importance of collaboration, between administration, staff and parents.





Course Author


Barbara Bateman, Ph.D., J.D.

Professor Emeritus of Special Education, University of Oregon

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