Special Education Basics

US Department of Education IDEA website

The U.S. Department of Education’s Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) website brings together IDEA information and resources from the Department and our grantees.

  • Website, US Department of Education IDEA website


Virginia Family Special Education Connection

This website provides a one-stop-shop for parents, families and caregivers of children with special needs to:

  • Access local school system contacts and disability services in your community
  • Explore an abundance of resources, including assistive technology and behavioral supports to help your child succeed.
  • Learn about and plan your child’s educational program
  • Understand your legal rights and responsibilities

Parents and families can and do make a difference in their child’s education.

  • Website, Virginia Family Special Education Connection


Virginia Special Education Regulations

From the Virginia Department of Education, this launch page offers a copy of state regulations for implementation of IDEA, and other state and federal special education policies.

  • Website, Virginia Special Education Regulations


Accommodations Menu list

A 16 page list of possible accommodations for children and youth with disabilities, that might be appropriate for 504 plans and individualized education programs (IEPs).

  • Document, Accommodations Menu list