- 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 &
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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
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.