• Transition Overview


    IDEA vs.ADA

    School Districts are required to follow the guidelines of IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act). "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" (www.idea.ed.gov). However, once the student leaves the High School environment, their rights fall under the guidelines of ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). "The Americans with Disabilities Act gives civil rights protections to individuals with disabilities similar to those provided to individuals on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, age, and religion. It guarantees equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities in public accommodations, employment, transportation, State and local government services, and telecommunications" (www.ada.gov). There are rather large differences between these two acts. Knowing and understanding these differences allow students to be better prepared for their future plans.


    IDEA's philosophy is geared toward finding ways for the student to be successful. ADA's philosophy is geared more toward providing reasonable accommodations to promote participation. Many have described this as IDEA being about "entitlement" and ADA focused on "eligibility." 
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