The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a federal law that requires each state to ensure that a free appropriate public education (FAPE) is available to all eligible children with disabilities residing in that state. IDEA is designed to improve educational results for all children with disabilities. Therefore, it provides benefits and services to children with disabilities in public schools and requires school districts to make services and benefits available to children with disabilities enrolled by their parents in non-public (private) schools. The law includes language requiring state education agencies (SEAs) and local education agencies (LEAs) to ensure the equitable participation of parental placed children with disabilities in programs assisted by or carried out under the equitable participation requirements that apply to them.
Milwaukee “Child Find” Office is the place to start referrals for students enrolled in non-public schools suspected of exceptional educational needs: 414-874-8493.