Special education services are available for children, starting at age three, and through age 21 who have an Individualized Education Plan (IEP). The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) provides the legal grounds for children with disabilities to receive a free, appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment possible. These services are administered by the school district where the child lives.
Disability Rights Wisconsin is a champion of the rights of children to have access to a free public education, regardless of their disability status. Our advocates have represented many children with disabilities and their parents in ensuring that children are treated with dignity and respect, and are awarded their full legal protections. We have also supported and helped craft legislation to combat unlawful seclusion and restraint in public schools.