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Specially Designed Instruction (SDI)


A learner eligible for special education services in Iowa is entitled to Specially Designed Instruction (SDI) at no cost to the family, to meet his/her unique needs as a learner with a disability. This includes adapting as appropriate to the needs of the individual learner, the content, methodology or delivery of instruction to address his/her unique needs that result from a disability and to ensure access to the general curriculum, so that he/she can meet the educational standards that apply to all children (IAC 41.39). The special education and related services must be designed to meet the learner's unique needs and prepare them for further education, employment and independent living (CFR.300.1; IAC 41.1).

Iowa’s Specially Designed Instruction (SDI) Framework (Revised)

Iowa Coaching Field Guide (Revised November 2019)