The special education laws are confusing to parents, school personnel, related service providers, and many advocates and attorneys. Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 3rd Edition provides a clear roadmap to these laws and how to get better services for children with disabilities.
Two of the last three exceptional education cases the U.S. Supreme Court decided were brought under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act, not the IDEA.
We expanded Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 3rd Edition to include Section 504, the A.D.A., and other laws that affect special education for children with disabilities:
- 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
We designed Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 3rd Edition, to meet the needs of advocates, parents, teachers, attorneys, related services providers, school psychologists, administrators, college professors, hearing officers, and employees of district and state departments of education.
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Table of Contents
Download the 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 A.D.A. Chapter 5. Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, 20 U.S.C. § 1400 et seq.
Chapter 6. IDEA Regulations, 34 C.F.R. Part 300 et seq.
Chapter 7. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, 29 U.S.C. 794 et seq., 34 C.F.R. Part 104
Chapter 8. Americans with Disabilities Act, 42 U.S.C. § 12101 et seq., 28 C.F.R. Parts 35, 36
Chapter 9. FERPA, McKinney-Vento, Other Statutes / Laws
Chapter 10. Selected Topics
The laws governing special education for children with disabilities are confusing to parents, school personnel, related service providers, and many advocates and attorneys.
In this new Edition, you’ll find answers to questions like these:
* What do the laws say about child find?
* Are children attending private, religious, and charter
schools eligible for I.E.P.s? Section 504 Plans?
* 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 a school refuse to provide an I.E.P. or a Section 504 Plan to a child who earns
* What do the laws say about parental access to educational records?
* What do the laws say about the least restrictive environment, inclusion, and a
• What do the laws say about bullying at school? Restraint and seclusion?
• What do the laws say about suspensions and expulsions? Is a child with
a disability entitled to educational services when suspended or expelled?
• 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 I.E.P., must the school provide the child
with physical education?
• If a child has an Individualized Health Care Plan, must the school follow
• Are colleges or institutions of higher education required to provide the
accommodations and modifications in a child’s I.E.P. or Section 504 Plan?
• Is an I.E.P. or a Section 504 Plan better for a child with special needs?
About the Authors
Pete Wright and Pam Wright built Wrightslaw.com, the #1 ranked site about special education law and advocacy. The Wrights have written over a dozen books about special education law and advocacy topics.
As Adjunct Faculty at the William & Mary Law School, 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). They trained at the week-long Institute of Special Education Advocacy (ISEA) sponsored by the Law School for ten years.
The Wrights now teach at the Special Education Advocacy Summit (SEAS) at St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio, TX., in the 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
“Wrightslaw has been an invaluable resource for parents and individuals needing legal help for a long time.” – Louisa Moats, Ph.D., Author, Literacy Expert, and Consultant.
“Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 3rd Edition is outstanding. I’ve been doing this work for ten years but 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. L.L.C.,
“Wrightslaw did 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 the other disability laws – Section 504 and the A.D.A.” – Nicholas Simopoulos, Esq.
“Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 3rd Edition is excellent. I enjoyed reading it and learned a lot.” – Wayne Steedman, Esq., The Steedman Law Group, L.L.C.
“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, 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, notable 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 – solidly rooted in law without conjecture. As a special education director, I can trust using it as a key resource.” -.