The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) of 2004 (Public Law 108-448) authorizes State Education Agency (SEA) activities to Local Education Agencies (LEAs), including direct and supportive service activities, to improve results for children with disabilities. Under this authority, the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) maintains a regional cadre of special education consultants who assist LEAs in building-level interventions for students with low-incidence disabilities, including sensory disabilities, multiple physical disabilities, behavior, and autism spectrum disorders.
Services are designed to improve results for children with disabilities, ages 3 to 21, by ensuring a free, appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment, as specified in the IDEA. More information on these services will be available on September 1, 2005, on the Special Education website at http://arksped.k12.ar.us. Select either Direct Services or Technical Assistance on the navigation links on the left side of the home page.