Federal Regulations & Laws
In November 2004, the United States Congress passed the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004. This is often referred to as IDEA 2004 or IDEIA. This new version of the federal law governing special education became effective July 1, 2005. The U.S. Department of Education has developed a website: Building the Legacy: IDEA 2004. This website was created to provide a "one-stop shop" for resources related to IDEA and its implementing regulations.
* Individuals with Disability Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEIA)
The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 became a directive for education reform when it was signed into law by President George Bush on January 8, 2002. Intending to improve reading and math in schools across the United States, the law re-authorized a number of federal programs targeted at education reform.
* No Child Left Behind Act of 2001
* No Child Left Behind - Regulations
The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in programs conducted by Federal agencies, in programs receiving Federal financial assistance, in Federal employment, and in the employment practices of Federal contractors. The standards for determining employment discrimination under the Rehabilitation Act are the same as those used in title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act
Section 504 states that "no qualified individual with a disability in the United States shall be excluded from, denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under" any program or activity that either receives Federal financial assistance or is conducted by any Executive agency or the United States Postal Service.
* Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (includes Section 504)