This is a great site! Growing up, Pete Wright had some learning difficulties and went on to become a successful lawyer and now has focused on helping Special Ed kids and their parents. This site explains the laws and your rights in straightforward language while focusing on real world examples and strategies.
From Emotions to Advocacy. This is the Advocacy portion of the Wright’s Law organization. An excellent source on strategies to advocate for your child including how to hold firm when requesting services and help while maintaining a civil relationship with the other parties. If you do nothing else, surf through these first two sites to get an understanding that there are lots of other folks in the same boat who are struggling with the same issues.
This home page from the Delaware Department of Education (DOE) has lots of useful links fro all kinds of things. The link to the Notice of Procedural Safeguards spells out a child’s rights for appeals of Special Education appeals and is written without the legal terminology. It covers the basics that you need to know such as when you are entitled to an Independent Educational Evaluation (IEE) that is paid for by the district.
The State of Delaware’s Legislature’s web page. Check on pending legislation, find your legislators without ever having to drive to Dover.
National PTA’s advocacy page.
Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates. Lots of legal stuff including a detailed comparison of the 1997 and 2004 versions of IDEA.
The Civil Rights project moved from Harvard to UCLA and has a page with research on the racial disparities in policies and practices related to special education.
The Education Law Resource Center provides information to help parents, educators and other professionals understand legal requirements and meet student needs. This site contains information and resources about a variety of education law topics including physical restraints in schools, special education, and No Child Left Behind.
New Hampshire Education Law site may be geared towards the state of New Hampshire but it has links and information on Federal laws and issues so it is worth checking out.
National Disabilities Rights Network is the nonprofit membership organization for the federally mandated Protection and Advocacy (P&A) Systems and Client Assistance Programs (CAP) for individuals with disabilities. Collectively, the P&A/CAP network is the largest provider of legally based advocacy services to people with disabilities in the United States.
The Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law has been a leading legal advocate for people with mental disabilities sponsoring litigation has outlawed institutional abuse and won protections against arbitrary confinement. Their advocacy has opened up public schools, workplaces, housing and other opportunities for people with mental disabilities to participate in community life.
Disability Rights and Education Defense Fund is a national law and policy center dedicated to protecting and advancing the civil rights of people with disabilities through legislation, litigation, advocacy, technical assistance, and education and training of attorneys, advocates, persons with disabilities, and parents of children with disabilities.
Neighborhood Legal Services is based in upstate New York State and while it has some information specific to New York state, there is lots of information applicable for all states.
The Center for the Study and Advancement of Disability Policy (CSADP) provides public education, leadership development and training, technical assistance and information dissemination, and conducts action-research and analysis of public policy issues affecting individuals with disabilities and their families.
The Consortium for Approprate Dispute Resolution in Special Education (CADRE), the National Center on Dispute Resolution, is based in Eugene, Oregon and funded by the United States Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs.
The Governor’s Advisory Council for Exceptional Citizens original mandate was to advise the DOE on matters concerning the education of exceptional children. Since 1977, that mandaye has expanded to cover other human service needs of exceptional persons of all ages. This type of state advisory council is required by IDEA.
The Delaware Developmental Disabilities Council operates under the umbrella of the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities. The purpose of the Council is to address the unmet needs of people with developmental disabilities through system-wide advocacy, planning and demonstration projects.
This page from the University of Washington DC Law School has some great articles on Students with Disabilities and the juvenile justice system. It talks about students rights as well as how and why Students with Disabilities are over represented in the juvenile justice system.
This web page from the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities is a good source of information on contacts at key agencies in Delaware.
Self Advocates Becoming Empowered believes all people should be given the same decisions, choices, rights, responsibilities, and chances to speak up and empower themselves.
Voices for America’s Children is a nonprofit organization that coordinates a nationwide network of state and local child advocacy organizations in the United States.
New Castle County Department of Elections. Track all kinds of political races, including school board elections.
The Center for Regulatory Effectiveness’s FedLaw section was developed to see if legal resources on the Internet could be a useful and cost-effective research tool for Federal lawyers and other Federal employees. From here, you can get to Federal statutes and regulations related to education and everything else.
This page from the Library of Congress is names after Thomas Jefferson and allows you to search pending legislation as well as Congressional Committee reports, resolutions and a host of other information.
US House of Representatives site that publishes the US Code – the laws passed by Congress. The statues related to educating children with disabilities is Title 20, Chapter 33. The text of the statues can also be found on a Cornell Law School site. Another index of Federal statues and regulations can be found on the Fedlaw section of the Center for Regulatory Effectiveness website. The US DOE website, has a link to proposed and final regulations.
This is the online copy the Delaware Code. It includes the laws on Education in Title 14. There is separate web page regarding Delaware’s Regulations, which can be as important as the law itself – especially when it comes to the details of Special Education in Delaware.