Federal Laws and Legislation
IDEIA (The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004)
INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES EDUCATION IMPROVEMENT ACT OF 2004
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA) is a federal law that guarantees all eligible children with disabilities between the ages of 3 and 21 (or until the child graduates) the right to a free appropriate public education designed to meet their individual needs. The Education for All Handicapped Children Act (Public Law 94-142) was an earlier version of the IDEIA. On August 14, 2006, the IDEIA 2004 regulations were published in the Federal Register. You can read the regulations on the Federal Register Web site:
- Federal Register - Final IDEIA 2004 Regulations (PDF file). Wrightslaw, a special education advocacy Web site, has reformatted the regulations for ease of reading and printing: IDEA 2004 Regulations.
- Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) - Guide to Frequently Asked Questions
- Fact Sheet: Equity in IDEA
- Section 504 and IDEA Comparison Chart
- 504 List of Appropriate School-Based Accommodations & Interventions
- Parent and Educator Resource Guide to Section 504 in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools
- U.S. Department of Education Releases Guidance on Civil Rights of Students with Disabilities
- Fact Sheet: Restraint and Seclusion of Students with Disabilities
- Dear Colleague Letter: Restraint and Seclusion of Students with Disabilities
- The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
- (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records.
- Parent’s Guide to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act: Rights Regarding Children’s Education Records
EVERY STUDENT SUCCEEDS ACT (ESSA)
Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is an updated version of the No Child Left Behind Act. The new ESSA gives states control in making decisions around education and expands the opportunities for parent to play a vital role in how to hold schools responsible for student achievement. ESSA takes effect in the 2017-2018 school year.
- Public Law 114–95—DEC. 10, 2015 - Every Student Succeeds Act
- ESSA: Every Student Succeeds Act
- The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA): Explained
REHABILITATION ACT OF 1973
- SPECIAL EDUCATION & REHABILITATIVE SERVICES The Rehabilitation Act
The Rehabilitation Act is the Federal legislation that authorizes the formula grant programs of vocational rehabilitation, supported employment, independent living, and client assistance. It also authorizes a variety of training and service discretionary grants administered by the Rehabilitation Services Administration. The Act authorizes research activities that are administered by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research and the work of the National Council on Disability. The Act also includes a variety of provisions focused on rights, advocacy and protections for individuals with disabilities.
- Rehabilitation Act of 1973