Education

Education

Children and youth with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (I/DD) must receive a free, appropriate public education as guaranteed by the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Education must include individualized supports and services, quality instruction, and access to the general education curriculum in age-appropriate inclusive settings, in preparation for adult life.

Massachusetts families led the effort for individuals with I/DD to be included in public education in 1975 with a law that was a pre-cursor to IDEA known as Chapter 766. Chapter 766 is the Massachusetts law which guarantees the rights of all young people with special needs (age 3-22) to an educational program best suited to their needs. Team evaluations and Annual Reviews are conducted to develop an ongoing individual education plan that ensures an appropriate education.

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