Legal Guidelines

504 Education Plans
This factsheet provides information on what parents should know about 504 Education Plans and how it supports their child’s learning needs in the classroom.
Publication Date: September 2016
Publisher: KidsHealth

10 Basic Steps in Special Education
There is a lot to know about the process by which children are identified as having a disability and in need of special education and related services. This webpage is devoted to helping parents learn about that process.
Publication Date: April 2022
Publisher: Center for Parent Information and Resources

Disability Rights Laws in Public Primary and Secondary Education: How Do They Relate?
This factsheet describes how Section 504, IDEA, and ADA laws differ, so parents can understand the legal basis for both their child’s civil and educational rights and can advocate for them in public schools. This document is a starting point for families to understand the various laws that affect them and how they interrelate.
Publication Date: 2018
Publisher: ADA National Network

Evaluating School-Aged Children for Disability
The evaluation process is guided by requirements in Part B of our nation’s special education law, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). This webpage offers more information about what these requirements are.
Publication Date: April 2022
Publisher: Center for Parent Information and Resources

Individualized Education Programs (IEPs)
This factsheet provides information on what parents should know about individualized education programs (IEPs) and how the IEP supports their child’s learning needs in the classroom.
Publication Date: March 2022
Publisher: KidsHealth

Raising Special Kids Help and Hope for Families
Raising Special Kids exists to improve the lives of children with the full range of disabilities, from birth to age 26, by providing support, training, information, and individual assistance so families can become effective advocates for their children.
Publication Date: 2022
Publisher: Raising Special Kids

School Discipline: The Rights of Students with IEPs and 504 Plans
This article helps parents understand their child's rights when it comes to school discipline. It includes a video from an attorney specializing in education law and criminal defense.
Author: Andrew Lee
Publication Date: April 2019
Publisher: GreatSchools

The Special Education Handbook: A Brief Overview of the History and Requirements of Part B of the IDEA
This handbook defines laws and requirements for providing special education. It includes the special education framework, Child Find, evaluation, consent for services, IEPs, delivery of services, procedural safeguards, prior written notice, confidentiality, dispute resolution, and behavior and discipline.
Authors: Kacey Gregson and Shannon Chavez
Publication Date: January 2018
Publisher: Arizona Department of Education

What is the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)?
This article explains IDEA, the nation’s special education law. Schools must find and evaluate students thought to have disabilities at no cost to families. To qualify for IDEA services, a child must have a disability and need special education to make progress in school.
Author: Andrew Lee Publisher: Understood

Wrightslaw
Parents, advocates, educators, and attorneys use this website for accurate, up-to-date information about special education law and advocacy for children with disabilities. In this short video, Pete Wright gives you a tour of the website and shows you how to find answers to questions.
Publication Date: May 2022
Publisher: Peter and Pamela Wright