IDEA Overview

Special Education Law
IDEA Overview

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 Authors
Barbara Bateman, Ph.D., J.D.
Dr. Barbara Bateman is a nationally recognized leader in special education law. In collaboration with Dr. Samuel Kirk, she helped to distinguish the category of learning disabilities in the 1960s and to develop the special services that would later serve this population. Dr. Bateman has 40 years of experience as an educator, author and researcher, and has written more than 100 books, monographs, book chapters and articles on special education and legal issues.


45 minutes