FAPE: Free And Appropriate Public Education


(Walking to public school!)

In light of the recent public school teacher strike here in Los Angeles, I felt a renewed sense of gratitude for the resources and support Arizona has received as a student with disabilities.

Years ago, as I was trying to navigate and understand how best my child’s educational needs would be met, I was privileged to have a conversation with a highly renowned and respected educator. She encouraged me to consider public school as more resource support and services would be available for my child.

And, aside from having to advocate for and fight for specific support services on occasion, Arizona has largely received every thing she has needed, in the public school system.

I am grateful for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) which states that each child who has a disability and needs special education and related services will receive a free and appropriate public education (FAPE).

I find the following breakdown from www.understood.org to be the most articulate:


Your child with special needs has RIGHTS! We sometimes need to fight for them, but they are available. Know them and exercise them.

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