IEP (Individual Education Plans)

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is our nation’s primary special education law. IDEA guides how states, school districts, and public agencies provide early intervention, special education, and related services to eligible infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities. The most recent revisions of IDEA were enacted in December 2004, with final regulations published in August 2006.

In Florida special education is referred to as “Exceptional Student Education” or ESE.

Every child with a disability who is eligible under IDEA and ESE has an Individual Education Plan or IEP. The IEP is an individualized written plan that supports the need for specialized supports and services. The IEP is like the child’s educational road map. IEP’s should be as individual as the children themselves, and not mere boiler plate copies to be applied to all children