Just as the needs of children can be complex, so too are the ways they are addressed.
Federal laws — the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Section 504
of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act — ensure the educational
rights of children with disabilities and apply to schools receiving federal funds.
But it is up to school districts to implement individual plans resulting from the
federal protections, called Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) and 504 plans.
Those can vary widely across the country and even within a single school district.
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