The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act does more than help to ensure that all children with special needs receive a proper and adequate education. It also helps to ensure that if special needs students have disciplinary issues, they are given access to a fair due process hearing under certain circumstances.
Sometimes, children with disabilities behave in ways that would ordinarily be labeled "bad behavior." Sometimes these children are simply acting out as children tend to do. However, disabled children often may act out in ways that are directly tied to their disabilities. As a result, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) mandates that if a disabled child misbehaves, a manifestation determination review (MDR) must be conducted before the child can be suspended for up to 10 days in a row.