Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act (IDEA): The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a law that makes available a free appropriate public education to eligible children with disabilities throughout the nation and ensures special education and related services to those children. The IDEA governs how states and public agencies provide early intervention, special education, and related services to eligible infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities. Infants and toddlers, birth through age 2, with disabilities and their families receive early intervention services under IDEA Part C. Children and youth ages three through 21 receive special education and related services under IDEA Part B 619.
This dashboard currently only covers children served in IDEA Part C. Early intervention for children under 24 months old is provided by the Tennessee Early Intervention System (TEIS) of the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. We are still exploring data for children covered under IDEA Part B 619 through the Tennessee Department of Eduction–stay tuned!