The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a federal law ensuring students with disabilities receive a free and appropriate public education. IDEA governs how states and public agencies provide early intervention, special education and related services to eligible infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities. Second only in size to Title I funds, school districts receive IDEA funds to help pay for the cost of providing services and education to children with disabilities.

The president’s new budget requests $17.5 billion for special education programs, with $15.5 billion for IDEA, a $2.6 billion increase over FY 21 and the largest increase to the program in two decades.

How Can My District Use IDEA Funding?

IDEA funds are used to provide early intervention, special education, and related services, including assistive technology. Up to 15 percent of IDEA funds can be used to implement a response to intervention (RTI) program, which provides supplemental instruction to assist students before they are given an individualized education plan.

How Can Reading Horizons Help Students with Disabilities?

  • While fully comprehensive, the number of decoding rules within Reading Horizons is significantly lower than even the closest competitive product—making it the most accessible for at-risk students and those who are learning English.
  • The program’s multisensory nature is why students with learning disabilities can grasp the program more readily than alternative interventions.
  • Evidence is strong that the majority of students better learn to read with structured teaching of basic language skills and that the components and methods of Structured Literacy are critical for students with reading disabilities, including dyslexia. Reading Horizons employs a structured approach to provide systematic, explicit instruction that integrates listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
  • RH Discovery and RH Elevate are explicit, systematic reading programs employing a multisensory approach for teaching basic reading skills. Based on the Orton-Gillingham principles of instruction, RH Discovery is engaging and flexible in its presentation.