The Education for All Handicapped Children Act (EAHCA) of
1975, also known as Public Law 94–142, is a federal law that requires public
schools to provide appropriate educational services for all children with disabilities
between ages 3 and 21. EAHCA was strengthened and expanded with the passage of
the 1997 Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Funds are granted
to individual states with special education programs that comply with federal
guidelines. These guidelines outline only the minimum standards that states
must meet in order to get the funds. After meeting these guidelines, states are
allowed flexibility in designing their own programs.
provisions of IDEA are related to:
Detailed documentation of this law is available on the
following Web site: www.ed.gov/offices/OSERS/Policy/IDEA.
April 3, 2012
John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
& Fred Volkmar, MD - Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
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