The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a federal law that provides a free and appropriate public education to all children. IDEA ensures that children with disabilities have access to education and will receive special education and related services if their disability adversely affects their educational performance. IDEA protects those rights, assists states with implementing special education programs, provides tools that parents and school systems need in order to provide such services, and helps to ensure that students with disabilities are prepared for their futures. IDEA also provides for early intervention services for infants and toddlers. You can learn more about IDEA here.