This section includes links to the text of federal and state laws – including regulations related to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act – as well as links to resources for parents to better understand the special education process.
Individuals with Disabilities Act
IDEA 97 provides for a free appropriate public education for all children experiencing disabilities in the least restrictive environment. When researching this law, people usually use the following resources:
- Council for Exceptional Children
- Alaska Department of Education & Early Development statutes and regulations
- State of Alaska: Special Education Handbook
The following links are to documents that explain the special education process:
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
Section 504 requires school staff to provide eligible students with disabilities with a free appropriate public education in which the benefits and opportunities are comparable to those provided to non-disabled students.
The following links are to resources that explain parent and student rights under Section 504: