1 IDEA Definitions

Paula Lombardi

1. Federal Definition from IDEA 2004

IDEA refers to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. 

  • You will begin each summary with the IDEA definition of the disability.
  • This is factual information that you can find on the internet. Keep the wording exactly as found in IDEA 2004.

 Keep the wording exactly as found in IDEA 2004.

A good online resource for these definitions is:

Center for Parent Information and Resources, (2017). Categories of Disability Under IDEA. Retrieved from: https://www.parentcenterhub.org/categories/

Copy the IDEA definition into the template followed by an in text citation

For example, the IDEA definition of specific learning disability is:

“Specific learning disability means a disorder in one or more of the basic psychological processes involved in understanding or in using language, spoken or written, that may manifest itself in the imperfect ability to listen, think, speak, read, write, spell, or to do mathematical calculations, including conditions such as perceptual disabilities, brain injury, minimal brain dysfunction, dyslexia, and developmental aphasia. Specific learning disability does not include learning problems that are primarily the result of visual, hearing, or motor disabilities, of mental retardation, of emotional disturbance, or of environmental, cultural, or economic disadvantage”

(Center for Parent Information and Resources, 2017).←(in text citation)

The APA formatted reference is added at the end of the summary:

There are other places on the internet, you can retrieve these definitions. If you choose to use a different resource, be sure to include the proper APA formatted reference of your resource.

Center for Parent Information and Resources, (2017). Categories of Disability Under IDEA.

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