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Links 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:
  • Congressional & Legislative Information:
    • A Guide to the U.S. Congress External link opens in new window or tab.
      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.
    • Search U.S. Legislation External link opens in new window or tab.
      "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 White House External link opens in new window or tab.
      The home page of the White House contains useful Executive Branch information and Web links to "Commonly Requested Federal Services".
  • Special Education Related Resources & Information:
  • Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Federal Register, Office of Management & Budget (OMB) Circulars:
    • Federal Register External link opens in new window or tab.
      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.
    • Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) External link opens in new window or tab.
      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
    • U.S. Government Printing Office External link opens in new window or tab.
      Publications are available for purchase through the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) by phone, fax, or mail.

California Web Sites

Related to the Constitution, Laws, Regulations and Legislation

  • Laws External link opens in new window or tab.
    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 External link opens in new window or tab. and much more.
  • Search California Statutes External link opens in new window or tab.
  • Search California Constitution External link opens in new window or tab.
  • Code of Regulations External link opens in new window or tab.
    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 External link opens in new window or tab.
    Access to California statutes, including Education Code, Government Code, and Welfare and Institutions Code.
  • California Code of Regulations External link opens in new window or tab.
    Access to the California Code of Regulations, Title 5, Division 1, Chapter 3, Individuals with Exceptional Needs, sections 3000-3100.

Legislative Information

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.

  • ABLEDATA External link opens in new window or tab.
    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.
  • Access Center
    Provides technical assistance to help students with disabilities effectively learn in the general education curriculum.
  • Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) External link opens in new window or tab.
    Mission is to support California's educational leaders, ensure all students have the essential skills and knowledge needed to excel and champion public education.
  • Association of University Centers on Disabilities External link opens in new window or tab. (formerly the American Association of University Affiliated Programs for Persons with Developmental Disabilities)
    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).
  • California Association of Resource Specialists and Special Education Teachers (CARS+) External link opens in new window or tab.
    An educational association dedicated to the support of all special educators.
  • California Association of School Psychologists (CASP) External link opens in new window or tab.
    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 Association (CSHA)
    A professional organization of speech-language pathologists and audiologists advancing services to children and adults with communication and related disorders.
  • California State Library External link opens in new window or tab.
    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) External link opens in new window or tab.
    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 External link opens in new window or tab.
    Provides digests of relevant educational research for parents and practitioners on strategies for teaching students with a range of special needs.
  • Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) External link opens in new window or tab.
    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 External link opens in new window or tab.
    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.
  • Disability Benefits 101 External link opens in new window or tab.
    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 External link opens in new window or tab.
    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.
  • National Center on Student Progress Monitoring External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)
    Providing information and technical assistance to implement progress monitoring for students in the elementary grades.
  • National Center to Improve Practice in Special Education (NCIP) External link opens in new window or tab.
    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.
  • National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth External link opens in new window or tab.
    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 External link opens in new window or tab.
    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 External link opens in new window or tab.
    One-stop source of disability-related information and programs available across the government relevant to people with disabilities and their families.
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Last Reviewed: Friday, March 13, 2020
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