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FAPE Launches New Website on IDEA

10/8/2002:   Understanding the ins and outs of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) can be difficult. The Families and Advocates Partnership for Education (FAPE) recently launched a new website to assist families, advocates, and self-advocates with communicating the new focus of IDEA.

FAPE is one of four projects funded by the U.S. Department of Education (www.ed.gov) to reach parents, administrators, service providers, and policymakers nationwide with information about implementing IDEA, and to improve educational outcomes for children with disabilities. The project represents the needs of 6 million children with disabilities.

A primary goal of IDEA is to ensure that children with disabilities receive a quality education. The new IDEA shifts the focus of the previous law from providing access to education to improving results for children with disabilities.

FAPE provides:
Written information about the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act for families and advocates.
  • A web site (www.fape.org) with information on IDEA, including Spanish and Hmong translations of selected on-line documents and printed materials.
  • Training on IDEA and related topics at workshops, brown bag seminars, satellite video conferences, and on-line training on the internet.
  • Referrals to national, state, and local disability organizations and advocates and to a nationwide network of parent training and information centers and community parent resource centers for information on IDEA.
  • Information on research about best practices that can be used to improve educational services.
  • A toll-free telephone number for assistance on IDEA (888/248-0822).


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