Term: FAPE

This abbreviation stands for "free and appropriate public education." It is the term used in the IDEA law, which states that school systems must provide children with disabilities with special education services and accommodations, including AT, at no cost to the parents. The law does not say what is considered an "appropriate"education, but it does refer to the need for children to be taught in the most typical classroom setting possible, often referred to as the "least restrictive environment."