Special Education ResourcesLinks to sites related to Special Education national and state laws, regulations.
National Web Sites
Related to Federal Constitution, Legislation, Laws, Regulations, and Court Decisions
- Current Laws, Regulations, and Court Decisions:
- United States Code, Title 20, Education of Individuals with Disabilities, sections 1400-1482 (PDF)
- Code of Federal Regulations, Title 34, Part 300, Assistance to States for the Education of Children with Disabilities (PDF)
- Search the United States Code
Contains the text of current public laws enacted by Congress. The U.S. House of Representatives Internet Law Library Web Site provides electronic access to special education related United State. Code -20 U.S.C. 1400-1486.
of Federal Regulations (CFR)
Contains the text of public regulations issued by the agencies of the Federal government. Proposed regulations and regulations issued so recently that they are not yet in the CFR database, may be found in the Federal Register link on this site.
Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR)
Provides administrative regulations that are essential to recipients' understanding of discretionary grants cooperative agreements.
Searchable database site of U.S. Supreme Court decisions, Federal Circuit Court opinions, and 9th Circuit Court decisions (which includes California).
- Congressional & Legislative Information:
Guide to the U.S. Congress
Provides access to a complete and reliable directory of information about the members of the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate, and their respective committee assignments. This is a great Congressional general information Web site.
"Thomas: Legislative Information on the Internet" provides top-level search capability for each Congress. Each legislative database (Bill Summary & Status, Bill Text, Congressional Record Text, Congressional Record Index, and Committee Reports) is designed to reduced scrolling and increase information retrieval.
The home page of the White House contains useful Executive Branch information and Web links to "Commonly Requested Federal Services".
- A Guide to the U.S. Congress
- Special Education Related Resources & Information:
Education Related National Publications
Limited free access to several publications. This is a commercial web site by LRP.
Department Of Education
Provides news, products and services, research documents, teacher guides, curricular resources and networking projects, and links to National Educational Associations and Organizations.
- Special Education Related National Publications
- Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Federal Register, Office
of Management & Budget (OMB) Circulars:
Provides a uniform system for the public to access regulations and legal notices issued by federal agencies plus a written discussion of proposed regulation and includes public comments, objections, and the federal agency's responses.
of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA)
Provides comprehensive information on grants and other forms of assistance available from programs across the branches of federal government. In addition, CFDA provides a wealth of information on relevant topics, including grant proposal writing.
- Office of Management & Budget (OMB) Circulars
Government Printing Office
Publications are available for purchase through the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) by phone, fax, or mail.
- Federal Register
California Web Sites
Related to the Constitution, Laws, Regulations and Legislation
California Law consists of 29 codes, covering various subject areas, the State Constitution and Statutes. To display the Table of Contents for a code, select a code and click on Search. At this site one can find useful information including a Guide for Accessing California Legislative Information on the Internet and much more.
- Search California Statutes
- Search California Constitution
- Code of Regulations
The California Code of Regulation, Title 9 and Title 22 (Departments of Mental Health, Developmental Services, Health Services, Rehabilitation, Employment Development, Licensing of Community Care Facilities et al.) is maintained and updated quarterly by Office of Administrative Law.
- The California Special Education Reference is a database for searching state and federal laws and regulations pertaining to special education.
California Special Education Reference
Access to California statutes, including Education Code, Government Code, and Welfare and Institutions Code.
- California Code of Regulations
Access to the California Code of Regulations, Title 5, Division 1, Chapter 3, Individuals with Exceptional Needs, sections 3000-3100.
- Governor's Office
- State Government Home Page
Link to all of the California State Government web sites.
- State Assembly
- State Senate
Analyst Office (LAO)
The LAO provides fiscal and policy advice to the Legislature and nonpartisan analyses of the state's budget.
- Department of Finance
Special Education Resource Links for Families and Professionals
Note: The California Department of Education does not control the contents of Web site links provided. How current, comprehensive, and relevant the data are on outside sites is the responsibility of that Web site's administrator. If you have concerns, questions, or requests, contact the Web administrator of the site visited.
A free, public service that includes a database of assistive technologies and "hotlinks" to other useful Web sites. Those clients who have access to the Internet and serve individuals with disability will find this Web site valuable.
Provides technical assistance to help students with disabilities effectively learn in the general education curriculum.
of California School Administrators (ACSA)
Mission is to support California's educational leaders, ensure all students have the essential skills and knowledge needed to excel and champion public education.
of University Centers on Disabilities
(formerly the American
Association of University Affiliated Programs for Persons with
Promotes and supports the national network of university centers on disabilities, which also includes Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) Programs and Developmental Disabilities Research Centers (DDRC).
Association of Resource Specialists and Special Education Teachers
An educational association dedicated to the support of all special educators.
Association of School Psychologists (CASP)
Mission is to secure and sustain programs that support the profession of school psychology, provide educational and professional needs of school psychologists, advance public awareness about the contributions of school psychologists, and enable individual school psychologists to function effectively in the schools and communities in which they serve.
- California Speech-Language-Hearing
A professional organization of speech-language pathologists and audiologists advancing services to children and adults with communication and related disorders.
The State Library stands as one of California's great public research institutions with a five-fold mission: serving the needs of elected officials and state agency employees; preserving the state's cultural heritage by collecting historic materials on California and the West; assisting public libraries through financial aid and consulting services; offering special services to disadvantaged and handicapped clients; and, ensuring that the general public has convenient and consistent access to its resources.
- Center for
Special Education Finance (CSEF)
Addresses fiscal policy questions related to the delivery and support of special education services throughout the United States. CSEF will conduct the first comprehensive, nationally representative study of special education spending to be undertaken in more than a decade.
- Clearinghouse on Assessment and Evaluation
Provides digests of relevant educational research for parents and practitioners on strategies for teaching students with a range of special needs.
for Exceptional Children (CEC)
The largest international professional organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities, students with disabilities, and/or the gifted. CEC advocates for appropriate governmental policies, sets professional standards, provides continual professional development, advocates for newly and historically underserved individuals with exceptionalities, and helps professionals obtain conditions and resources necessary for effective professional practice.
- California Early Start
The California Department of Developmental Services plans, develops, implements, and monitors the statewide early intervention services system in collaboration with the California Department of Education.
The World Disability Institute, the Department of Rehabilitation and a number of other organizations have put together an excellent resource for persons with disabilities and agencies that advocate for persons with disabilities about all the in's and out's of benefits available to them.
- Learning Disabilities
Association of California
A 501(c)(3) non-profit volunteer organization of parents, professionals, and adults with learning disabilities. Its purpose is to promote and support the education and general welfare of children and adults of potentially normal intelligence who manifest learning, perceptual, and/or behavioral disabilities.
Center on Student Progress Monitoring
Providing information and technical assistance to implement progress monitoring for students in the elementary grades.
Center to Improve Practice in Special Education (NCIP)
Seeks to improve educational outcomes for students with disabilities by promoting the effective use of assistive and instructional technologies among educators and related personnel serving these students. In order to accomplish this goal, NCIP is creating a national community of educators--technology coordinators, staff developers, teachers, specialists, clinicians, administrators, university faculty, advocates and consumers--who play a leading role in promoting and implementing assistive and instructional technologies for students with disabilities at a local, regional or national level.
Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth
Funded by the US Department of Labor to assist the workforce development community in addressing issues affecting the employment of people with disabilities. The site contains useful information and resources for youth with disabilities and their families, service providers and other front line workers, administrators, policy makers, and employers.
- Regional Offices on Developmental Disabilities
The Regional Offices of the State Council on Developmental Disabilities compile information to assist individuals with developmental disabilities, families, providers, advocates, and others to remain informed on issues affecting persons with developmental disabilities, both at the state and national levels. The goal of this Web site is to provide access and timely information about the Regional Offices on Developmental Disabilities and related issues.
- United States Department of Labor, Disability Resources
One-stop source of disability-related information and programs available across the government relevant to people with disabilities and their families.