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On March 12, 1999, the U.S. Department of Education released the final regulations needed to implement the 1997 amendments to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. They are available electronically from the ED website in text and pdf format.  Note - these are large files and may take a long time to download.  They are available in both text (no formatting) and pdf (formatted to print, requires Adobe Acrobat.  You can also order a hard copy.

Accessing the regulations electronically:

The regulations have been divided up into 6 files.  ED's website (http://www.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/finrule/index.html) specifies the size of the files, which is helpful in determining how long they will take to download and print. Scroll down to March 12, where you will find 6 files under the title of "Assistance to States for the Education of Children With Disabilities and the Early Intervention Program for Infants and Toddlers With Disabilities [OSERS]."  

If you want to go straight to the files, we have also included links to each of the 6 sections below. 

Links to TEXT files (no formatting):
http://www.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/finrule/1999-1/031299a.html
http://www.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/finrule/1999-1/031299b.html
http://www.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/finrule/1999-1/031299c.html
http://www.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/finrule/1999-1/031299d.html
http://www.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/finrule/1999-1/031299e.html
http://www.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/finrule/1999-1/031299f.html

Links to PDF files (formatting, requires Adobe Acrobat):
http://www.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/finrule/1999-1/031299a.pdf
http://www.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/finrule/1999-1/031299b.pdf
http://www.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/finrule/1999-1/031299c.pdf
http://www.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/finrule/1999-1/031299d.pdf
http://www.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/finrule/1999-1/031299e.pdf
http://www.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/finrule/1999-1/031299f.pdf

Ordering a hard copy:

A hard copy of the IDEA regulations can be ordered for $8.00 and will arrive in 3-4 weeks.  Express delivery costs $16.50, the document will arrive in 2 days.

Order a copy by calling:

(202) 512-1800

or by writing to:

Government Printing Office
Superintendent of Documents
PO Box 37195-7954
Pittsburgh, PA 15250

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