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Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires states to provide a free appropriate public education (FAPE) in the least restrictive environment (LRE). Visit the New York State Education Department’s Special Education page for more details.

You may learn more about how IDEA applies to services for infants and young children at the Center for Parent Information and Resources’s website and get details on New York State’s Administration of IDEA and responsible agencies at New York State’s Department of Health website.


The Early Childhood Program is a service of Bronx Independent Living Services. Established in 1983, BILS is a non-profit, community based organization dedicated to empowering all people with disabilities to understand and exercise their civil and human rights in order to live fully integrated lives in mainstream society.


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