What is IDEA?
IDEA is federal law and stands for Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Its purpose is to achieve a higher quality of life for students with disabilities.
IDEA contains the definitions of “disability” according to Federal Law established by the US Department of Education for students with disabilities from Age 5 to 22. Many disabilities can be accommodated by a teacher in a classroom through effective teaching methods addressing all types of learners: Kinesthetic (movement, real-life experience);  Audio (such as a lecture or speech); Visual (including video, charts and other visuals) as well as written materials (such as books).  Expect Success Tutoring utilizes the methods best suited to the individual student and is a local provider of these services.  Where a student cannot access the curriculum without personal assistance, Aides, respite care and other matters requiring financial assistance to manage, the IDEA is a tool to fund education and transition beyond age 22 to a rewarding career.
Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act details the standards and legal requirements established by the US Department of Education for students with Disabilities. To learn more about Transition Services to Adult Living laws and requirements, please avail yourself of these resources:  Transition to Adult Living: An Information and Resource Guide. This resource, prepared by California Services for Technical Assistance and Training (CalSTAT) was completed at the California Institute on Human Services, Sonoma State University. CalSTAT is a specially contracted project (No. 0127) of the Special Education Division of the California Department of Education (CDE), . CalSTAT is supported by federal funds received from the CDE. To download a free of this Resource Guide, go to the CalSTAT Publications website: www.calstat.org.
Accommodations vs Modifications
To provide a student with accommodations, such as wheelchair access, sign language, or evidence-based teaching practices and methods such as providing physical accommodations such as including a place where the student can rest during the day, access to suitable physical education. If the student can acces the curiculum with accmodations, Section 504 applies.
To modify the student’s curriculum an IEP is required.