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Press release from Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services and Office of Special Education Programs

Abstract: John H. Hager, assistant secretary of the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) and Alexa Posny, director of the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), at the U.S. Department of Education, are pleased to announce a dedicated Web site to provide a one-stop shop for resources related to IDEA 2004 and its implementing regulations.

Key Words: IDEA, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, regulations, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, OSERS, Office of Special Education Programs, OSEP, No Child Left Behind, NCLB, technical assistance

On Aug. 3, 2006, Education Secretary Margaret Spellings announced the release of the final Part B regulations implementing the 2004 reauthorization of Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). These regulations were published in the Federal Register on Aug. 14, 2006. The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) has planned numerous activities and events to support the successful implementation of these regulations.

Central to this technical assistance is a dedicated Web site. OSERS created this site to provide a "one-stop shop for resources related to IDEA and its implementing regulations. The site provides searchable versions of the statute and regulations, as well as, access to cross-referenced content from other laws, such as the No Child Left Behind Act and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. The site also includes topic briefs on selected topics (topics are being developed); links to OSEPs Technical Assistance and Dissemination (TA and D) Network; and a variety of other information sources. The site also has a Q-and-A Corner for questions to be submitted.

Alexa Posny, director of OSERS Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), officially launched the new Web site: http://idea.ed.gov at OSEPs annual Leadership Conference in Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. More than 700 state directors of special education and other state personnel, parent training center directors, technical assistance providers and representatives from the disability community gathered to receive information about the final regulations and resources available to assist with implementation of the regulations.

This is a living Web site and will change and grow as additional resources and information become available. We invite you to grow and learn with us as we implement IDEA 2004 and its implementing regulations.