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National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY)
Since the 1960s, there has been a virtual avalanche of federal legislation that relates directly or indirectly to individuals with disabilities, children and youth. Use the links below to explore several of the most influential laws. These form the core of current protection against discrimination and current guarantees of equal educational opportunity that individuals with disabilities have in our nation.


A-Z Topics: NICHCY
National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities
A-Z Topics page connects you quickly with the wealth of information available on the NICHCY website. If you do not see information on the topic, try entering a term in the SEARCH box (on every page, at the top right), giving them a call (1.800.695.0285), or emailing them(nichcy@fhi360.org).


Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
AIDD is dedicated to ensuring that individuals with developmental disabilities and their families are able to fully participate in and contribute to all aspects of community life in the United States and its territories.


Alliance for Technology Access (ATA)
ATA is an international network connecting families, consumers, organizations, technology developers, educators, and other professionals to build a future that is accessible to everyone. It serves people of all ages and all disabilities and provides access to training on products, funding, and services, through our ATA Online Community.


Americans with Disabilities Act: ADA Homepage
U.S. Department of Justice


Assistive Technology Act
National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities
Often called the Tech Act for short, the Assistive Technology Act was first passed by Congress in 1988. The Act seeks to provide AT to persons with disabilities, so they can more fully participate in education, employment, and daily activities.


Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000 (DD Act)
The purpose of the DD Act is to ensure that people with developmental disabilities and their families have access to community services, individualized supports, and other forms of assistance that promote.


Division of Specialized Care for Children (DSCC)
University of Illinois at Chicago
DSCC's mission focuses on public service, education and research as a basis to provide, promote and coordinate family-centered, community-based, culturally competent care for eligible children with special health care needs in Illinois.

Early Intervention Services of IDHS
Illinois' Early Intervention program's mission is to assure that families who have infants and toddlers, birth to three, with diagnosed disabilities, developmental delays or substantial risk of significant delays receive resources and supports that assist them in maximizing their child's development. Early Intervention Clearinghouse identifies and collects research-based and best-practice early intervention information to share with families.


Illinois Life Span Project
Illinois Life Span Project Web site provides information and referral resource for advocacy and services.


Legal Information in Special Education
The National Association of Special Education Teachers (NASET)


The Medicaid Reference Desk
The Arc
The Medicaid Reference Desk is a resource for people with intellectual disabilities and their families to learn about Medicaid and other public benefits, services and supports provided by The Arc.


National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY)
NICHCY serves the nation as a central source of information on disabilities in infants, toddlers, children, and youth. Here, you’ll also find information on Disability & Education Laws such as IDEA, NCLB the law authorizing early intervention services and special education. The State Resource Sheets will help you connect with the disability agencies and organizations in your state. Sign up for the free newsletter, and write or call for more personalized assistance.


Special Education and Disability Access
The Web page provides a listing of the appropriate agencies in each state.Parents with disabled children should consult with the state educational agencies, as well as applicable state laws, to determine what rights their children may have in their particular state.


Special Education Law Blog
2008 Blogger's Choice Awards winner
A fresh look at special education law-mostly in understandable English.


Special Education and Support Services A-Z list
Illinois State Board of Education
The Web site can be searched by topics as well as audience.


Special Education Legislation: A Synopsis of Federal and State Policies
This website provides a brief history of important laws regarding Special Education. Examples of special education programs and facilities arel also be included in order to demonstrate how these laws are enforced and practiced. The Web site gives a brief summary and highlights of the following acts and laws.