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  • pluker4856
    Dear OCLB Readers, The OCLB Web pages are going through some transitions and updates. So, while the updates are being prepared for future postings, here are
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 24, 2005
      Dear OCLB Readers,

      The OCLB Web pages are going through some transitions and updates.
      So, while the updates are being prepared for future postings, here
      are some of the IDEA 2004 resources we've been looking at lately. In
      addition to these helpful IDEA 2004 targeted resources listed below,
      we're also in the habit of keeping our eyes on the TASH, COPAA,
      NDSS, Wrightslaw, Reed Martin, and NASDSE Web sites for direction.

      Just an FYI.

      We also need to watch what is going on in our states as IDEA 2004
      rolls out. Thank you for all of the work that you do for our

      The OCLB Team
      Sandy Strassman-Alperstein, Shari Krishnan, Debi Lewis, and Calvin &
      Tricia Luker

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      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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