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Wrightslaw: IDEA 2004
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As of 11/27/06, this book is out of print. It is being replaced by Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition. Newsletter subscribers will receive a special pre-publication offer in 12/06.

Wrightslaw: IDEA 2004
(ISBN: 1-892320-05-3) by Peter W. D. Wright, Esq. and Pamela Darr Wright includes the full text of Parts A and B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004 (IDEA 2004) with analysis, commentary, cross-references, and resources.
E-book ($9.95)
Print ($14.95)
E-book & Print Combo

Wrightslaw: IDEA 2004 includes several appendices, a glossary of acronyms, abbreviations and terms, and a bibliography of resources.

Table of Contents
Skim Book - few pages from each chapter
News Release
Author Bios

Wrightslaw: IDEA 2004 is designed to meet the needs of parents, teachers, advocates, attorneys, related services providers, school psychologists, administrators, college professors, hearing officers, and employees of district and state departments of education.

Print Publication, E-book - or Both

Wrightslaw: IDEA 2004 is available as a print book, an e-book - or both.

Print publication (168 pages, 8 1/2" x 11", perfect bound, $14.95 plus shipping).

E-book - A digital
e-book (PDF format) that you can download within minutes. You can read it on your computer or print it out on your printer. There is no shipping or sales tax on e-books (162 pages, 8 1/2" x 11", $9.95). Learn more about e-books.

E-book & Print Combo: Receive Wrightslaw: IDEA 2004
as an e-book immediately. The print edition will be shipped to you by U. S. Priority Mail within 2-3 days. ($19.95 plus shipping)

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The reauthorized Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004 is confusing to most parents, educators, and even to many attorneys. Ignorance of the law can be as damaging as the child’s disability. 

What does the law say about Individualized Educational Programs (IEPs) and IEP teams? Transition plans? What does the law say about reviewing and revising IEPs? Multi-year IEPs? Who may be excused from IEP meetings and under what circumstances?

What does the law say about evaluations, reevaluations and parental consent? What does the law say about the use of discrepancy formulas and response to intervention to identify children with specific learning disabilities?

What are the requirements for highly qualified special education teachers? When do these requirements go into effect? How can special education teachers meet the highly qualified teacher requirements?

What does IDEA 2004 say about child find? Special education services to children who attend private schools and charter schools? What does the law say about inclusion, mainstreaming and least restrictive environment?

What are early intervening services? Who is eligible for early intervening services? Who is entitled to accommodations? Alternate assessments? Who makes these decisions?

What does the law say about independent educational evaluations? Parent access to education records? Mediation? Parent notice? Prior written notice? Due Process Complaint Notice?

What are the new requirements for due process hearings? Resolution sessions? Qualifications for hearing officers? Attorneys' fees?

What does IDEA 2004 say about discipline? Positive behavioral intervention plans? Interim alternative placements? Manifestation Review Hearings

Wrightslaw: IDEA 2004 will help you find answers to your questions in the reauthorized statute.

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What is an "E-book"?
An "e-book" or "digital book" is delivered or downloaded in electronic form. An e-book is less expensive because the costs to produce are lower. An e-book is not taxable. There are no shipping fees.

Many people will keep the Wrightslaw: IDEA 2004 e-book on their computers. The e-book has bookmarks on the left side of your screen so you can move to sections that are of interest to you. You can easily search the Wrightslaw: IDEA 2004 e-book for specific information.

You can print the e-book (but you may want to order the print version of Wrightslaw: IDEA 2004) When you purchase an e-book, you will receive a URL that you will click on. This will initiate a download of the file onto your computer.

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Depending on the speed of your connection, this can take a few seconds to a few minutes to complete.

The Wrightslaw: IDEA 2004 e-book is in PDF format. To read it, you will need the free Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader, which is probably already installed on your computer.

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A Word about Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition
Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition is complete. In December, while the book is being printed, newsletter subscribers will receive a special pre-publication offer.

About the Authors
Pete Wright
is an attorney who has represented children with disabilities and their parents since the 1970s. Pete argued and won a landmark special education case before the U. S. Supreme Court.

Pam Wright
, a psychotherapist, has written scores of articles about special education advocacy. She is also the editor of The Special Ed Advocate newsletter. 

Pete and Pam built Wrightslaw, the #1 site about special education law and advocacy for parents, attorneys, advocates, and educators. They publish The Special Ed Advocate, the free weekly online newsletter about special education law and advocacy issues.

More Books (and a cool DVD) by Pete and Pam Wright

In addition to Wrightslaw: IDEA 2004,
Pete and Pam Wright have co-authored:

Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 1st Edition (ISBN 1-892320-03-7) by Peter W. D. Wright and Pamela Darr Wright was published in 1999 by Harbor House Law Press. (2nd edition available in Jan 2007)

Wrightslaw Tactics and Strategy Manual by Peter W. D. Wright and Pamela Darr Wright (ISBN: 1-892320-18-5) was published in 2000 by
by Harbor House Law Press. This publication was replaced by Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy in 2001.

Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy - The Special Education Survival Guide, 2nd Edition Pam Wright and Pete Wright (ISBN: 1-892320-09-6, $19.95)
was published in 2005 by Harbor House Law Press. The book is supplemented by the From Emotions to Advocacy website.

Wrightslaw: No Child Left Behind (ISBN: 1-892320-12-6, $29.95) by Peter W. D. Wright, Pamela Darr Wright and Suzanne Whitney Heath was published by Harbor House Law Press in 2003.

Wrightslaw: IDEA 2004 (out of print)

Surviving Due Process: Stephen Jeffers v. School Board DVD (ISBN: 1-892320-04-5) takes you through a special education due process hearing, from initial preparations to testimony by the final witness. Surviving Due Process is based on an actual case about a young child with autism. The cast includes Darrel Tillar Mason, Esq., former hearing officer; Kathleen Mehfoud, Esq., nationally-known school board attorney; and Peter Wright, Esq., parent attorney. Surviving Due Process was produced by Harbor House Law Press in 2004.

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