U.S. Department of Education Releases New IDEA Website

On June 1, 2017, the U.S. Department of Education released a new website regarding the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), located at https://sites.ed.gov/idea/.

On the new website the Department of Education expands the available information and resources in a searchable format.  The search function will now prioritize results to bring the most recent statutes and regulations to the forefront, while still providing access to all relevant policies, “Dear Colleague” letters, memorandums, and FAQ documents.

Furthermore, the new website includes categorical breakdowns of resources for specific audiences, including resource pages for educators, service providers, parents and families, and grant seekers/recipients.  The website also includes links to the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), Office of Special Education Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), and state IDEA contacts.

Finally, the updated website includes an expanded “topic areas” page which brings together resources regarding 29 different issues, such as Child Find, Bullying, Least Restrictive Environment, and IEPs.

For those who became comfortable and familiar with the old IDEA .ed.gov website, the Department of Education will continue (but not update) the legacy page as it continues to refine the new website.

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