Education Resources

Advocacy Websites Concerning Students with Disabilities

http://www.gaappleseed.org – This site offers information to assist families with increasing their involvment in school decisions. Of particular interest are the publication

When My Child is Disciplined at School and the training video “It Takes a Parent: Strengthening Effective Parent Involvement”

http://specialed.about.com – This site offers links to sites with information about specific disabilities, appropriate accommodations, and legal resources.

http://www.wrightslaw.com – This site offers accurate, up-to-date information about effective advocacy for children with disabilities.

http://www.doe.k12.ga.us/index.asp/ – This is the website of the Georgia Department of Education and contains the final Federal Regulations for the Individuals with Disabilities
Education Act (IDEA) of 1997, the Compliance Review/Self-Study Document, and the Georgia State Board of Education Rules Pertaining to Exceptional Students.

http://www.pacer.org – PACER is the Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights. The PACER Center states that their mission is to expand opportunities and
enhance the quality of life of children and young adults with disabilities and their families, based on the concept of parents helping parents.

http://www.ed.gov/offices/OSERS/OSEP/index.html – OSEP (Office of Special Education Programs) administers the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). They work to improve results for infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities, ages birth through 21, by providing leadership and financial support to assist states and
local districts. This site provides numerous publications regarding the IDEA.

http://www.ideapractices.org/idealaw.htm – This site contains a database to read and search the Individuals with Disabilities Act Amendments of 1997 (PL 105-17) and the Final Part B Regulations. This site also has a collection of additional IDEA law and policy resources provided by OSEP, including training materials, interpretive memos from the U.S. Department of Education, reports to Congress, monitoring information, and more.

IDEA 2004 and a brief overview of changes