amanda.richards asks:

What steps have lawmakers made for students with emotional disabilities?

I am researching the acts that lawmakers have made for students with emotional disabilities. For example, I know of a student in PA who comes late to school because of anxiety and there is a specific act that is responsible for allowing this, but I cannot remember which one. Does anyone know where I can find some laws or standards in the making to help students with emotional disabilities?
In Topics: School and Academics, Anxiety
> 60 days ago



Dec 3, 2010
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What the Expert Says:

Hi Amanda,

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is the primary federal law that provides support services for youth and young adults affected by a disability. Under IDEA, each individual is entitled to a free and public education, which in some cases, means that they require additional resources, accommodations, or a more supportive environment to make the most of the education curriculum.

For more on IDEA, see below:

Typically, an individual must be assessed first, in order to determine whether they qualify for services. Early intervention is emphasized and many youth are identified shortly after birth or before preschool. Many critics complain that young adults are thrust into a precarious position when they "age out" of the system at age 21. The amount of available resources for adults are limited.

Good luck with your research!

Warm regards,

Laura Kauffman, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist JustAsk Expert

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