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Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 3rd Edition
by Peter W.D. Wright & Pamela Darr Wright

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Formats  l  The E-book  l How to Order  l  TOC l  Synopsis l  The Authors  l  Early Reviews
Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 3rd Ed. by Peter W. D. Wright & Pamela Darr Wright

The laws governing special education for children with disabilities are confusing to parents, school personnel, related service providers, and even to many advocates and attorneys.

Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 3rd Edition (ISBN: 978-1-892320-17-9, 485 pages, perfect bound, $29.95) provides a clear roadmap to the laws and how to get better services for all children with disabilities.

Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 3rd Edition has expanded to include other laws that affect special education for children with disabilities, including:

  • Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004
  • Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act
  • Americans with Disabilities Act of 2008
  • Family Educational Records Privacy Act
  • McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act
  • Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, U.S. Constitution
  • Analysis, Commentary, and Interpretation
  • Selected Topics in Special Education Law

Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 3rd Edition 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.

More than 500,000 copies in print!

Formats  l  The E-book  l How to Order l TOC l  Synopsis  l  About the Authors  l  Early Reviews

Formats: Print Book, E-book (immediate download), and Print / E-Book Combo

Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 3rd Edition is available in three versions: as a print bound book, as an E-book (immediate PDF download), and as a Print / E-book Combo.

Print Edition (ISBN: 978-1-892320-17-9, 485 pages, perfect bound, $29.95). Order Now!

E-book Edition (ISBN: 978-1-892320-18-6, PDF, 4.9 mgs, $19.95) includes the full text of print edition; is available as an immediate download. Order Now!

Print Book & E-book Combo ($44.90 + Shipping for print book) When you order the Special Education Law Book & E-book PDF Combo, you'll receive an email with a link so you can download the E-book PDF edition immediately; the print book will arrive by mail. Order Now!

The E-book

The text in the E-book edition of Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 3rd Edition is identical to the text in the print edition. Page numbers in the Index are linked to pages within the book. The E-book edition has bookmarks, thumbnails and links so you can easily move between chapters and pages. You can quickly search the book for specific topics.

How To Order

Online - Place your order in the Wrightslaw Store. When you order the Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 3rd Edition E-book (ISBN: 978-1-892320-18-6, PDF, $19.95), your download link will be in the receipt you receive by email.

By Phone - To speak to a person who can take your order, please call our toll-free number - 877-529-4332.

Table of Contents and Selected Topics

View the detailed Table of Contents. (4 pages, PDF)

Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. History of Special Education Law and Litigation
Chapter 3. Overview of Statutes, Regulations, Caselaw, Courts, and Legal Research
Chapter 4. Overview of IDEA, Section 504, and ADA
Chapter 5. Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, 20 U.S.C. § 1400 et seq.
Chapter 6. IDEA Regulations, 34 CFR Part 300 et seq.
Chapter 7. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, 29 U.S.C. 794 et seq., 34 CFR Part 104
Chapter 8. Americans with Disabilities Act, 42 U.S.C. § 12101 et seq., 28 CFR Parts 35+36
Chapter 9. FERPA, McKinney-Vento, Other Statutes / Laws
Chapter 10. Selected Topics

View the list of Selected Topics in Chapter 10.

NOTE: Introductory Price!

The price for the Print and E-book versions at $29.95 and $19.95 are temporary and, with the next printing, will be increased to $39.95 and $29.95 respectively.


Twenty-five years ago, Pete and Pam Wright posted the first articles on and published the first edition of Wrightslaw: Special Education Law.

We expanded Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 3rd Edition to include additional laws about educating students with disabilities, from preschool through graduate school and professional licensing exams.

In this new edition, you'll find answers to questions like these:

  • What do the laws say about child find? Are children who attend private schools, religious schools, and charter schools eligible for special education and related services?

  • What do the laws say about evaluations, reevaluations, and parental consent? What do the laws say about evaluating a child before a change of placement?

  • What do the laws say about Individualized Education Programs? Section 504 Plans? Who is entitled to accommodations?

  • Can the school refuse to provide an IEP or a Section 504 Plan to a child who is making good grades? What do the laws say about parental access to educational records?

  • What do the laws say about least restrictive environment, inclusion and a child's placement?

  • What do the laws say about bullying at school? Restraint and seclusion? Compensatory education?

  • What do the laws say about suspensions and expulsions? Is a child with a disability entitled to educational services after being suspended or expelled from school?

  • How do IDEA and Section 504 define a "free appropriate public education"?

  • Who enforces IDEA? Who enforces Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act?

  • If a child has a disability and an IEP, is the school required to provide the child with physical education?

  • If a child has an Individualized Health Care Plan, is the school required to follow the plan?

  • Are colleges or institutions of higher education required to provide the accommodations and modifications in a child's IEP or Section 504 Plan?

  • Is an IEP or a Section 504 Plan better for a child with special needs?
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About the Authors

Pete Wright and Pam Wright built, the #1 ranked site about special education law and advocacy and have written more than a dozen books about special education law and advocacy topics.

As Adjunct Faculty at the William & Mary Law School, for three semesters, Pete and Pam Wright taught a three credit hour class about Special Education Law and helped to create the Special Education Law Clinic (PELE Clinic). For ten years, they taught at the week-long Institute of Special Education Advocacy (ISEA) sponsored by the Law School.

The Wrights now teach at the Special Education Advocacy Summit (SEAS) at St. Mary's University School of Law in San Antonio, TX each summer. Pete Wright is an attorney who began representing children with disabilities and their parents in 1978. He represented Shannon Carter before the U.S. Supreme Court in Florence County Sch. Dist. IV v. Shannon Carter, 510 U.S. 7 (1993) where, in a unanimous 9-0 decision, he won a landmark victory that has benefited all children with disabilities. Pete's Bio

Pam Wright is a psychotherapist who began working with children and families in the 1970s. Pam writes about raising, educating, and advocating for children with disabilities. She is the Editor of The Special Education Advocate, the free online newsletter about special education law and advocacy. Pam's Bio

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Early Reviews

"Wrightslaw has been an invaluable resource for parents and for individuals needing legal help for a long time." - Louisa Moats, Ph.D., Author, Literacy Expert, Consultant

"Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 3rd Edition is outstanding. I've been doing this work for 10 years but I learned so much valuable information from this new edition." - Brett Tingley, Parents for Reading Justice

"Very clear and easy to navigate." - Dr. Benjamin N. Powers, Head of Southport School and Director of Haskins Global Literacy Hub

"The overview and text of the laws with commentary will give any parent or advocate the base to build their requests, letters, and discussions. Everyone needs to use this book." - Suzanne Whitney, Special Education Advocacy. LLC, NH Advocate, Research Editor

"Wrightslaw has done it again! Wrightslaw's Special Education Law, 2nd Edition has been my go-to resource since 2006 - never out of reach. The new 3rd edition of Wrightslaw: Special Education Law will be an essential resource for attorneys, advocates and parents - it provides the latest in the ever-changing landscape of special education, and related education and disability laws." - Candace Cortiella, The Advocacy Institute

"Wrightslaw: Special Education Law is incredibly insightful on the IDEA and on the other disability laws - Section 504 and the ADA." - Nicholas Simopoulos, Esq.

"Wrightslaw: Special Education Law is excellent. I enjoyed reading it and I learned a lot." - Wayne Steedman, Esq., The Steedman Law Group, LLC

"Wrightslaw Special Education Law, 3rd Edition is a comprehensive and accessible resource for parents, advocates, attorneys, and school personnel when navigating the complex special education laws. The special topics are timely and expansive, and include COVID considerations." - Patricia E. Roberts, Dean, St. Mary's University School of Law

"My overall impression is this: Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 3rd Edition *really* is for everyone: attorneys, special education directors, administrators, educators, and parents.

"A parent with a child who has been newly identified with a disability will get a quick overview of their rights in a way that lets them get enough information without drowning.

"A special education director, like myself, would get a good review but also enough information, resources, and strategies to help them plumb the depths of special education law.

"Wrightslaw: Special Education Law is exactly what it promises to be - it is solidly rooted in law without conjecture. As a special education director, I can trust using it as a key resource." - Jaclyn Knapp, Director of Special Education

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Created: 3/29/2023

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