About the IDEA Manual
The IDEA Manual is designed to help you become familiar with the requirements of the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Texas law so you can act as an equal partner in planning your child’s education. You will learn, by using this comprehensive manual and by working with school staff, how to plan an educational program that will lead to an independent and productive life for your child and yourself. The manual includes:
- A list of words and acronyms you need to know
- Details on each step of the special education process from evaluation to graduation
- Ways for you to stay involved
- Sample letters and forms
- Parent checklists
- And more
This version of the IDEA Manual has been updated for the 2022-2023 school year and reflects the changes from the 2021 Texas legislative session.
Get the IDEA Manual
The IDEA Manual is available as a PDF that can be:
- viewed in a web browser,
- downloaded and viewed in Adobe Acrobat, and/or
Parents who are unable to print a copy can request one by submitting a Contact Us Form. If a parent cannot submit an online request for the manual, he or she can call 512-454-4816 and ask for Nora or leave her a message. Parents who use sign language can call our video phone to request the manual: 1.866.362.2851. (One copy per family, please.)
To request parts of the manual in ASL, Braille, or as an audio file, please submit a Contact Us Form.
Note: An IDEA Manual website is currently in development, making it even easier for you to find the information you need to advocate for your child.
The IDEA Manual was developed through a partnership between DRTx and The Arc of Texas.