IDEA Manual, A Guide for Parents and Students About Special Education Services in Texas, 2016 Edition is the newest version of what has become known as The IDEA Manual. This manual is designed to help you become familiar with the requirements of IDEA and Texas law so you can act as an equal partner in planning your child’s education.

The IDEA Manual is based upon laws and policies in place at the time it was written. Laws and policies change frequently and are subject to various interpretations. Future changes in laws and policies may make some information in this manual outdated. This manual is not intended to and does not replace an attorney’s advice or assistance based on your particular situation.

This is a joint project of The Arc of Texas and Disability Rights Texas.


The IDEA Manual now has a built-in search box on page 6! Adobe Acrobat required to use Search box feature. Use keyboard shortcuts below to search for items within the PDF: PC Users, CTRL + F | Mac Users, CMD + F

Download the printable version below.


Download the printable version below.


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