United States IDEA Requirements
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a U.S. federal law that ensures students with a disability are provided with Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) tailored to their individual needs. IDEA was previously known as the Education for All Handicapped Children Act (EHA) from 1975 to 1990. In 1990, the United States Congress reauthorized EHA and changed the title to IDEA.

While IDEA is directly applicable to public schools. Here's how Zoptiks aligns with the principles of IDEA:

Accessibility: Ensure all products and services are accessible to students with disabilities. This means following web content accessibility guidelines, and ensuring that video content is captioned, and audio content is transcribed.

Compatibility with Assistive Technologies: Make sure that your product is compatible with assistive technologies. This can range from screen readers for visually impaired users to alternative input devices for those with motor impairments.

Universal Design for Learning (UDL): Implement the principles of UDL in content and product design. This means providing multiple means of representation, action and expression, and engagement so that learning experiences can be tailored to individual needs.

Training and Support: Provide adequate training and support materials to help teachers and students with disabilities effectively use your product.

Privacy and Confidentiality: As IDEA students often have additional personal data stored compared to general education students, it is critical to ensure that this data is stored and processed in line with all relevant privacy regulations.

Collaboration with Educators and Specialists: We work closely with special education teachers, speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, and other specialists who work with students with disabilities. Their insights can help guide the development of your product to better meet the needs of all students.
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