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Inclusive Education Project Podcast

Oct 16, 2018

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The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) states that each child with a disability who needs special education and related services will receive a free and appropriate public education. What exactly are “related services” and when are certain services and needs considered medical? That's what we discuss in this episode. 

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What We Discuss in This Episode:

  • The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) makes available a free and appropriate public education to eligible children with disabilities and ensures special education and related services to those children. What exactly are considered “related services”?
  • Even if a need is deemed a medical necessity, it can still impact education and thus a school must provide that service
  • Cases that further explain what “related services” are
  • Irving Independent School District vs. Tatro (1984) - Court found that catheterization was a related service under the now IDEA and the school had to provide that service during school hours
  • Cedar Rapids Community School District vs. Garret F. (1999) – Court found that the IDEA requires school boards to provide continuous nursing services to students with special needs. Here, the Court found that a student who was wheelchair-bound and ventilator dependent, required, in part, a responsible individual nearby to attend to certain physical needs during the school day.
  • Does the law require school personnel to be trained to provide certain medical services?

Resources Mentioned:

20 U.S.C. Section 1401(26) defines “related services”


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