IDEA State Grants (Part B)
Why the Program is Needed: Education is a civil right to which all American children are entitled. IDEA ensures that all children with disabilities have available to them a free appropriate public education that emphasizes participation in the least restrictive environment, provision of services designed to meet their unique needs, and preparation for further education, employment, and independent living as well as to ensure that the rights of children with disabilities are met.
What it Does: Assists the states in meeting the costs of providing special education and related services to children with disabilities. Funds are used for salaries of special education teachers, speech therapists, psychologists, and other support personnel as well as other supports such as using technology in the classroom.
Authorizing Legislation: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) (20 U.S.C. 1411)
$11.582 billion in 2012
$11.482 billion in 2011
$11.506 billion in 2010
$11.500 billion in 2009
$10.947 billion in 2008
$10.783 billion in 2007
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Example of IDEA Part B funding and Chapters of The Arc:
The Arc of Pennsylvania developed Include Me From The Start, a school based and preschool initiative for students with significant disabilities. The goal of the project is to inclusively and meaningfully educate all students with significant disabilities in general education classrooms and typical preschool settings. Include Me consultants provide focused, on-site technical assistance for student teams, as well as parent trainings and professional development.