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The IDEA is an expansive federal law that covers eligible students with disabilities and ensures that they have an opportunity to receive a free appropriate public education. Under the IDEA, thirteen categories qualify students for special education services:

  • Autism
  • Deaf/Blind
  • Hearing Impairment
  • Visual Impairment
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Multiple Disabilities
  • Orthopedic Impairment
  • Other Health Impairment
  • Serious Emotional Disturbance
  • Specific Learning Disability
  • Speech or Language Impairment
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Developmental Delay

The IDEA guarantees the right to a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) and related services to every disabled student between the ages of three and twenty-one. The FAPE must meet the State of Nevada’s educational standards and must be made in conformity with the student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP).