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Alert! Alert! 
Because NICHCY’s website will only remain online until September 30, 2014, most of its rich content has moved to a new home, the Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR), where it can be kept up to date. 

The new address of Get a Copy of IDEA at the CPIR is:
http://www.parentcenterhub.org/repository/idea-copies/

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September 2010

This information in Spanish | Esta información en español

If you are involved in the well-being of an infant, toddler, child, or youth with disabilities, you’ll find reading the exact language of IDEA both illuminating and important. In addition to being able to read it here, online, you may also wish to download a full copy, print it out, and keep it handy.

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Alert! Alert! 
Because NICHCY’s website will only remain online until September 30, 2014, most of its rich content has moved to a new home, the Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR), where it can be kept up to date.

The new address of Get a Copy of IDEA at the CPIR is:
http://www.parentcenterhub.org/repository/idea-copies/

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The Law (Statute)

  • Current Name: The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004
  • Public Law (PL) Number: PL 108-446
  • Passed by Congress and signed into law by the President: December 2004

Access the entire law at:

PDF | http://www.nichcy.org/wp-content/uploads/docs/PL108-446.pdf

HTML | http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=108_cong_public_laws&docid=f:publ446.108

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Part B Regulations

Part B of IDEA is focused on services to school-aged children with disabilities. This includes preschoolers (ages 3-5) and children in K-12. Regulations for this part of the law, as reauthorized in 2004, are available. Here’s a brief description:

  • Date Published: August 14, 2006
  • Where Published: Federal Register, Volume 71, Number 156
  • Includes: U.S. Department of Education’s Analysis of Comments and Changes–which responds to comments and questions from the public on changes made in Part B regulations following IDEA’s reauthorization in 2004

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Part B Regulations Codified

Regulations for Part B are codified in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Title 34, Part 300 (commonly referred to as 34 CFR pt. 300). Unlike the regulations published in the Federal Register (above), the CFR is continually updated. The most current version, then, of IDEA’s Part B regulations is in the CFR and is dated: September 22, 2010.

Access the CFR (the official version of the Part B regulations) at: GPO Access

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Part C Regulations

Part C of IDEA is the Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities program, otherwise known as early intervention. Regulations for this part of IDEA have quite a story associated with them. Wanna hear it? Visit Part C of IDEA: Early Intervention for Babies and Toddlers, at:
http://www.nichcy.org/laws/idea/partc

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Guidance from the U.S. Department of Education

For authoritative input on the law, we look to the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) and the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), within the Department of Education. These are the agencies within the federal government responsible for overseeing IDEA’s implementation. They’ve established a dedicated IDEA 2004 page with a wealth of information on Part B, including:

  • OSEP’s Assessment Tool Kit
  • Model Forms
  • Q & A Documents
  • Topic Briefs

Find all this and more at http://idea.ed.gov/

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NOTICE: NICHCY is going away, but its resources are not. Find hundreds of legacy NICHCY publications, as well as our training curriculum on IDEA 2004, in the Center for Parent Information and Resources' Library at http://www.parentcenterhub.org/resources. This website will remain available until September 30, 2014. After that date, web visitors will be automatically redirected to http://www.parentcenterhub.org.