IEP Components - Equal Opportunity and Accountability: The Free Appropriate Education Act (FAPE) FAPE and Individualized Education Program (IEP)

This issue of NASET’s IEP Component series was written by Dr. Heidi D'Ambrosio and Ms. Lora Reese

. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) coupled with the Free Appropriate Education Act (FAPE) mandates the honoring of student rights to have complete access to curriculum and communication with zero rejection.  Despite the legal demands of these two great Acts, some children are still being left behind.  The purpose of this article is to bring attention to just one of many cases where the rights of a student with autism, a prevalent diagnosis, was denied his due entitlement to reach full academic and social potential.  The United States Supreme Court has adjudicated cases as recently as Spring 2017.  A case law review was conducted to offer insight into the world of school litigation and legislation as it relates to achievement, accountability, parental involvement, and special and remedial education reform policies and practices.

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