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Both the American's with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the more recent Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) have both fueled a transformation in the American educational system for students with disabilities. They provide the students and their families with set of civil rights that schools legally have to accommodate. This section provides a set of resource to help you understand this important legislation.



Special Education Inclusion: Making It Work (Part 1)
When the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) mandated that children with disabilities be educated with children who do not have disabilities, education in the United States changed. Education World writer Wesley Sharpe, Ed.D., looks at the characteristics of effective inclusion?

Congress Approves Largest Education Budget in History!
Congress dug deep into the nation's pockets last week and gave the Department of Education an 18-percent raise. Highlights of the spending package include the first-ever allocation for emergency school renovations and substantial increases in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) funding for special education, Pell Grants for low-income college students, and after-school programs.

Will the Government Fund Its Commitment to Special Ed?
If the House of Representatives has its way, the federal government will fulfill its promise to fund 40 percent of the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The bill is now under consideration in a Senate committee. How will more IDEA funding make a difference to local school districts?

Administration Resources:

Amicus for Children, Inc.
Amicus for Children, Inc. educates, supports, and empowers the families of children. The mission of AFC is to unite caring professionals with families in need, to work in partnership in order to enhance the lives of the children. AFC has a key interest in assisting, educating, and providing resources for the parents/guardians of special needs children so that they can be their childrens "first and best advocate".

Family & Advocates Partnership for Education (FAPE)
The Partnership is a new project which aims to inform and educate families and advocates about the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 1997 and promising practices.

The National Center on Dispute Resolution
CADRE,funded by the United States Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, uses advanced technology as well as traditional means to provide technical assistance to state departments of education on implementation of the mediation requirements under IDEA '97. CADRE also supports parents, educators and administrators to benefit from the full continuum of dispute resolution options that can prevent and resolve conflict and ultimately lead to informed partnerships that focus on results for children and youth.

ADA Technical Assistance Program
Your Comprehensive Resource for Information on the Americans with Disabilities Act

FINAL Regulations that Implement the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
From the US Dept of Education.

The Policy Partnership for Implementing IDEA
Overview of IDEA Regulations and Provisions of Special Interest to Parents, Teachers and Administrators

Final IDEA Regulations Change the Face of Special Education
An LRP special report.

Americans with Disabilities Act Document Center
ADA Statute, Regulations, ADAAG (Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines), Federally Reviewed Tech Sheets, and Other Assistance Documents

Wrightslaw:The Special Education Advocate
Articles, cases, newsletters, and other information about special education law and advocacy.

IDEA Practices
Information and answers about IDEA.

An excellent list of links on the subject from the Internet Resources for Special Children (IRSC) Web site.

Federal Resource Center For Special Ed Publications List

SERI Legal & Law Resources
A good list of links from the Special Education Resources on the Internet Web site at Hood College.