Our purpose as the CMS Special Education Department is to collaborate with students, teachers, and parents to provide a high quality educational experience in an appropriately inclusive setting.
Update on Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) of 2004 (taken from US Dept. of Ed Website)
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a law ensuring services to children with disabilities throughout the nation. IDEA governs how states and public agencies provide early intervention, special education and related services to more than 6.5 million eligible infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities.
Infants and toddlers with disabilities (birth-2) and their families receive early intervention services under IDEA Part C. Children and youth (ages 3-21) receive special education and related services under IDEA Part B.