Special Ed Advocate Newsletter
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IDEA 2004 update - changes to key statutes; purposes of IDEA; definitions
changed; transition services; Wrightslaw programs in OK, FL, NJ, OH, NY,
MO; free pubs about transition & your child's IEP; help for college
students; rights & responsibilities in college; scholarships. Download
1. IDEA 2004 Update: Changes to Key Statutes
Friday, November 19, the House of
Representatives and the Senate passed the Individuals with Disabilities
Education Improvement Act of 2004. The
President is expected to sign the bill this week.
- Finding and Purposes
In the files
below, you will find the full text of IDEA 2004 with the changes in these
five statutes. Text deleted from IDEA has been
to read these files more than once. Use a highlighter to mark important
passages. Make margins notes to help you remember key points.
As you read, keep in mind that Congress intended to align the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) with No Child Left Behind, the federal general education law. The full text of the No Child Left Behind Act is in Wrightslaw: No Child Left Behind.
Special Education Law includes the full text of the Individuals
with Disabilities Education Act of 1997. Wrightslaw:
From Emotions to Advocacy (FETA) includes the five key statutes.
These files are cross-referenced with Wrightslaw:
Special Education Law and Wrightslaw:
From Emotions to Advocacy (FETA).
2. Purposes of IDEA: Employment, Independent Living . . . and Further Education
As Pete says, "The 'Purposes' section of IDEA is the most important statute. 'Purposes' is the mission statement." So how is "Purposes" different in IDEA 2004? (The underlined words are new.)
20 U.S.C. § 1400(d) Purposes
ensure that all children with disabilities have available to them a free
appropriate public education that emphasizes special education and related
services designed to meet their unique needs and prepare them for further
education, employment, and independent living . . .
3. Definitions: IDEA 2004 - Transition Services for Education, Work, Independent Living
look at the Definitions
in Section 1401, you'll see that several new definitions were added
to IDEA 2004 - core academic subjects, highly qualified teacher, homeless
children, Limited English proficient, universal design and ward of the
state. Other definitions were revised. The definition of "Transition
services" is now:
4. Coming Soon! Wrightslaw Programs in OK, FL, NJ, OH, NY, MO
Special Education Law and Advocacy Training Programs focus on four
areas: special education laws,
rights & responsibilities; how to use the bell curve to measure progress
& regression; SMART IEPs; and tactics & strategies for effective
Schedule: Winter 2005
Edmond Oklahoma: December 4, 2005 - FREE to parents and educational caregivers
participants in these programs will receive two books, Wrightslaw:
Special Education Law and Wrightslaw:
From Emotions to Advocacy, with their registration (Value: $59.90).
5. Free Pubs: Transition and Your Child's IEP
to begin planning so your child knows what is necessary to prepare for
work, further education and independent living. These free publications
and resources will help:
Visit our Free Pubs Page to download free publications about IEPs, special education, transition, reading, children's mental health, harassment, high-stakes testing, retention and social promotion, discipline, and much more.
6. Help for College Students with Disabilities
students need to learn self-advocacy skills - how to present information
about their disability and accommodations so professors want to help.
If students master these skills, they are more likely to make a successful
transition from high school to college. Download the Wrightslaw Flyer:
Help for College
Students with Disabilities.
Learn more about Section 504 & life after high school.
Now is the time for high school seniors to visit college campuses and get a head start on their college applications. Read about college scholarships for students with learning disabilities.
These books will answer many questions that students have when deciding on a college.
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