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.

What it Does

IDEA state grants assist 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)

Recent Funding

Please see the table on the Funding for Federal Disability-related Programs page.

For More Information

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.