This is every child’s right, even if they need special services to make it happen. The Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) guarantees that all students ages 3 to 22 can get a free public education that meets their needs. They have a right to fully take part in school life, including after-school activities. What is “appropriate” for each child will be different because each has unique needs. But it means more than just getting by: every child’s education should challenge them to the best of their abilities. More about FAPE.