Special education is a broad term that describes the education of students who have intellectual, physical, behavioral, or emotional disabilities. Special education involves specially designed instruction tailored to the unique needs of each child and is provided at no cost to parents. The federal law Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) ensures services to children with disabilities throughout the nation.

Infants and toddlers (ages birth to 2 years old) with disabilities and their families receive early intervention services under IDEA Part C. Children and youth (ages 3 to 21 years old) receive special education and related services under IDEA Part B.


Iowa IDEA Information (i3)

Procedures, guidance and resources for early intervention and special education for parents, families and educators.