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 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: