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Legal Issues

The most salient legal issues relating to understanding interventions for children with Asperger's Syndrome were resolved in 1975, when the United States Congress enacted the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).l That legislation made the moral imperative to assist disabled individuals a legal one by ordering schools to provide therapeutic or remedial services to children with disabilities, and directing states to pay for them, no matter what the cost. Like all complex pieces oflegislation, the IDEA statute sometimes seems to create more questions than answers. Thus this chapter addresses the legal issues related to providing interventions for children with Asperger's Syndrome in connection with eligibility, identification, provision of interventions, educational setting or placement, and transition services.