Disability Rights

Special Education Rights and Responsibilities (SERR)

by Disability Rights California

Full Text of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA): 


The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a law that makes available a free appropriate public education to eligible children with disabilities throughout the nation and ensures special education and related services to those children.

Informed Parent Consent for Pre-School and School-Aged Children with Disabilities

Consentimiento Informado de los Padres para Niños con Discapacidades en Edad Preescolar y Escolar

California Department of Education Special Education Division:   

Policies and regulations

File a Compliance Complaint

Office for Civil Rights:


Disability Discrimination


Bullying of Students with Disabilities: public schools' responsibilities under Section 504

File a Discrimination Complaint

Special Education Eligibility Guidelines

-Child Find: Child Find is a legal requirement that schools find all children who have disabilities and who may be entitled to special education services. Child Find covers every child from birth through age 21. The school must evaluate any child that it knows or suspects may have a disability

Confidentiality and Students with Disabilities: 


Both the IDEA and FERPA protect the confidentiality of students with disabilities. Find out more including what constitutes a student record.

Bullying and Students with Disabilities: 


Guidance published by the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights detailing the responsibilities of schools under Section 504 and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Click here