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The U.S. Department of Education has announced the final Part B regulations to implement the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA). An official copy of the final Part B regulations of the IDEA will be published in the Federal Register on August 14, 2006.



ARTICLE: A Renewed IDEA and the Need for More Ardent Advocacy
As published in Human Rights, Fall 2005, Vol. 32, No. 4, p.3-4, cont’d p.6-7.


NICHCY is pleased to offer information on the IDEA, our nation’s special education law. For those who are involved with or working on behalf of children with disabilities, the IDEA is a very important piece of legislation. It was amended (reauthorized) in December 2004, and lots has been, and will be, happening. Read all about the latest news here.

Parents, advocates, educators, and attorneys come to IDEA 2004 at Wrightslaw for reliable, accurate information about IDEA issues: child find, eligibility, evaluations, reevaluations, high stakes testing, IEPs, accommodations, alternate assessments, educational placements, transition, parental rights, and more.

News and information from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services.

The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services has released a series of documents that review the statutory changes in IDEA 2004. We also offer links to summaries of changes in the law prepared by various groups.

IDEA 2004 information from Families Together, Inc.

CADRE, The National Center on Dispute Resolution, is funded by the United States Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs. CADRE 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.

The IDEA Partnership is dedicated to improving outcomes for students and youth with disabilities by joining state agencies and stakeholders through shared work and learning.  

HR1350. Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (Enrolled
as Agreed to or Passed by Both House and Senate)

A non-profit parent organization providing a comprehensive system of information and referral for parents and professionals working with children from birth through transition to adult life.

How does the new Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA) differ from IDEA '97? The National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE) has created a side-by-side document that compares the two laws in The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act: A Comparison of P.L. 105-17 (IDEA '97) to H.R. 1350 as passed by Congress on November 19, 2004.

The Technical Assistance Alliance for Parent Centers is an innovative project that supports a unified technical assistance system for the purpose of developing, assisting and coordinating Parent Training and Information Projects and Community Parent Resource Centers under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

The following testimony was given by Ricki Sabia, Associate Director of the NDSS Policy Center, on July 12th, 2005 at a public meeting in Washington, D.C. regarding the proposed regulations for IDEA 2004.

Following the recent enactment of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA 2004), states will begin the process of updating their special education laws and regulations to correspond to new federal requirements. You can have a positive impact on this important process by working to preserve some critical aspects of IDEA lost in the recent reauthorization.

National Committee Of Parents And Advocates Organized To Protect IDEA, 12/14/2004, By Kathleen Boundy.

The Congressional Research Service, the part of the Library of Congress that serves as the research arm of Congress, has published an analysis of the new IDEA law. Written by Richard N. Apling, Specialist in Social Legislation, Domestic Social Policy Division; and Nancy Lee Jones, Legislative Attorney, American Law Division. One page summary provided. Available in PDF (47 pages, 203 KB).



This is a summary of some of the most critical changes affecting children with disabilities and their families in IDEA 2004, concentrating on the IEP process, due process and the discipline provisions. How these changes affect our children will depend, at least in part, on how the U.S. Department of Education interprets them through policies and regulations and how they are implemented at the state, district and school level. Most of these changes will be effective as of July 1, 2005.

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