December 5, 2023

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Special Introductory Offer! Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 3rd ed

The laws governing special education for children with disabilities are confusing to parents, school staff, related service providers, and many advocates and attorneys.

Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 3rd ed (ISBN: 978-1-892320-17-9, 485 pages, hardcover, $29.95) provides a clear blueprint for the law and how to get better services for all children with disabilities.

Did you know that two of the last three special education cases decided by the US Supreme Court were filed under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act, not the IDEA?

We have expanded Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 3rd ed include § 504, ADA and other laws that affect special education for children with disabilities, including:

  • Persons with Disabilities Education Act 2004
  • § 504 of the Rehabilitation Act
  • Americans with Disabilities Act of 2008
  • Family Education Records Personal Data Protection Act
  • McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act
  • Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, US Constitution
  • Analysis, commentary and interpretation
  • Selected topics from special pedagogic law

We proposed Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 3rd ed to meet the needs of parents, teachers, advocates, attorneys, related service providers, school psychologists, administrators, college professors, hearing officers, and county and state department of education employees.

Over 500,000 copies!

Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 3rd ed
is available in three versions: as a print book, as an e-book (instant PDF download), and as a print/e-book combo

Printed edition (ISBN: 978-1-892320-17-9, 485 pages, perfect binding) is available now for a special introductory price of $29.95 + shipping. Order now.

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Text in Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 3rd Edition eBook is identical to the text in the printed edition. Page numbers in the index are linked to pages in the book. The e-book has bookmarks, thumbnails and links so you can easily move between chapters and pages. You can quickly search the book for specific topics.
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Download table of contents (4 pages, PDF).
Chapter 1 Introduction
Chapter 2. History of special education law and litigation
Chapter 3. Overview of Statutes, Regulations, Case Law, Courts, and Legal Research
Chapter 4. Overview of IDEA, Section 504, and the ADA
Chapter 5. Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, 20 USC § 1400 et seq.
Chapter 6. IDEA Regulations, 34 CFR Part 300 et seq.
Chapter 7. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, 29 USC 794 et seq., 34 CFR part 104
Chapter 8. Americans with Disabilities Act, 42 USC § 12101 et seq., 28 CFR Parts 35, 36
Chapter 9. FERPA, McKinney-Vento, Other Statutes / Laws
Chapter 10. Selected topics

What’s new in Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 3rd Edition?
The laws governing special education for children with disabilities are confusing to parents, school staff, related service providers, and many advocates and attorneys.

In this new edition you will find answers to these questions:
* What the laws say find a child?
* There are children who visit private schools, religious schools, and charter schools Eligible for an IEP? Section 504 Plans?
* What the laws say evaluation, re-evaluation and parental consent?
* What the laws say about evaluating a child before a change of location?
* What the laws say Individual educational programs?
Section 504 Plans?
* Who is eligible accommodations?
* May a school refuse to provide an IEP or Section 504 plan to a child who is earning
Good grades?
* What the laws say about parental access to educational records?
* What the laws say least restrictive environment, inclusion, aa
children’s location?
• What the laws say bullying at school? Limitations and seclusion?
Compensatory education?
• What the laws say suspension and expulsion? Is a child with
disability that qualifies for educational services during suspension or expulsion?
• How IDEA and § 504 define a “free appropriate public education”?
• WHO enforces IDEA? Who enforces Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act?
• If the child has a disability and IEP, the school is obliged to provide the child
with Physical Education?
• If the child has an Individual health care plan, the school must follow
• They are colleges or higher education institutions obliged to provide
adaptations and modifications in the child’s IEP or in a § 504 plan?
• \Yippee IEP or section 504 plan better for a child with special needs?

About the authors

Pete Wright
and Pam Wright built, the #1 special education law and advocacy site. The Wrights have written more than a dozen books on special education law and advocacy topics.

As adjunct faculty at William & Mary Law School, Pete and Pam Wright taught a three-hour class on special education law and helped create the Special Education Law Clinic (PELE Clinic). They taught at the weekly Institute of Special Education (ISEA), sponsored by the Faculty of Law for ten years.

The Wrights now teach at the Special Education Advocacy Summit (SEAS) in St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio, TX in the summer.

Pete Wright is an attorney who began representing disabled children and their parents in 1978. He represented Shannon Carter before the US Supreme Court in Florence County Sch. District IV vs. Shannon Carter, 510 US 7 (1993), where he won a landmark victory in a unanimous 9-0 decision that benefited all children with disabilities. Pete’s biography

Pam Wright is a psychotherapist who started working with children and families in the 1970s. Pam writes about raising, educating and advocating for children with disabilities. She is the editor of The Special Education Advocate, a free online newsletter on special education law and advocacy. Pam’s biography

First review

“Wrightslaw has long been an invaluable resource for parents and individuals in need of legal assistance.” –Louisa Moats, Ph.D., Author, Literacy Expert, Consultant

Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 3rd ed it is excellent. I’ve been doing this job for 10 years, but I’ve learned so much valuable information from this new edition.” – Brett Tingley, Parents for Reading Justice

“Very clear and easy to use.” – Dr. Benjamin N. Powers, Principal of Southport School and Director of the Haskins Global Literacy Hub

“The overview and text of the laws with commentary will provide any parent or advocate with a foundation on which to build their requests, letters and discussions. Everyone needs to use this book.” – Suzanne Whitney, Special Education Advocacy. LLC,

“Wrightslaw has done it again! Wrightslaw Special Education Law, 2nd ed has been my go-to resource since 2006 – never out of reach. New 3rd edition Wrightslaw: Special Education Law will be an essential resource for lawyers, advocates, and parents—providing the latest in the ever-changing landscape of special education and related education and disability laws.” – Candace Cortiella, The Advocacy Institute

Wrightslaw: Special Education Act he is incredibly knowledgeable about IDEA and other disability laws – § 504 and the ADA.” – Nicholas Simopoulos, Esq.

Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 3rd ed it is excellent. I enjoyed reading it and learned a lot.” – Wayne Steedman, Esq., The Steedman Law Group, LLC

Wrightslaw Special Education Law, 3rd ed is a comprehensive and accessible resource for parents, advocates, lawyers, and school staff to navigate complex special education laws. The special topics are timely and wide-ranging, and include considerations of COVID.” – Patricia E. Roberts, Dean of the University of St. Louis School of Law Bier

“My overall impression is this: Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 3rd ed It *really* is for everyone: lawyers, special education directors, administrators, educators, and parents.

“A parent with a child who has been newly identified as disabled will get a quick overview of their rights so that they get enough information without drowning.

“A special education director like me would get a good rating. but also plenty of information, resources and strategies to help them delve into the depths of the Special Schools Act.

Wrightslaw: Special Education Act it is exactly what it promises to be – firmly rooted in the law without quibbles. As Director of Special Education, I can trust that we will use it as a key resource.” – Jaclyn Knapp, Director of Special Education

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