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    Most education policy is decided at the state level, but state laws are built around federal requirements. Three key federal laws that protect students with disabilities are:

    • Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
    • Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (504)
    • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

    IDEA, in particular, introduces several key terms and concepts that families/guardians of students receiving special education services should become familiar with.