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Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE)

What is Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE)?

Free Appropriate Public Education, also known as FAPE, guarantees that kids with disabilities and thinking differences will have access to a public education that is free.

What is covered by FAPE?

  • Special Education provided for students who have a unique way of learning
  • Related services such as counseling or speech and language
  • Services are provided at no charge
  • Accommodations and modifications to access the curriculum
  • Individualized Education Programs to meet the specific needs of a student that qualifies for Special Education
  • Teach a student in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE)

What IS NOT covered by FAPE?

  • Provide services to maximize a student’s potential - rather it is to provide service to help a student make progress
  • Provide a specific program or class setting that you want. The IEP team makes the final decision.
  • Guarantee a spot on a extracurricular activity or sport.


Free Appropriate Public Education for Students with Disabilities: Requirements under Section 504 of the The Rehabilitation Act of 1973