Important Legislation to Be Aware Of

Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act Signed in 2014, the federal law allows people with disabilities can open special accounts where they can save up to a certain amount without risking eligibility for government programs.

Passed in 1975, Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) (originally called The Education for All Handicapped Children Act) guaranteed every child a free and appropriate education. It initiated federal funding for special education and has resulted in progress towards designing effective programming to educate children with disabilities. IDEA has undergone several revisions over the years. IDEA guarantees special education and related services to eligible students with disabilities (in 13 specific categories) through age 21, including preparation for employment and independent living. Key areas to note are Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE), Least Restrictive Environment (LRE), Child Find, Discipline/Stay Put, Individualized Education Program (IEP).

Minnesota’s Olmstead Plan Revised in 2017, Minnesota’s Olmstead Plan is a broad series of activities Minnesota must accomplish to ensure people with disabilities have opportunities like everyone else, including greater integration and inclusion.