Laws & Regulations

  • Federal Law - Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). IDEA is the federal law governing grants to states to ensure that children with disabilities, age birth to 20, are identified for timely evaluation and, if eligible, provided appropriate services in the least restrictive setting.
  • Federal Implementing Regulations. These federal regulations set forth additional requirements that states must follow in implementing IDEA by means of state plans, upon which grant approval is based.
    • 34 CFR Part 300, Assistance to States for the Education of Children with Disabilities
    • 34 CFR Part 303, Early Intervention Program for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities
  • Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). These federal regulations set forth the requirements that States must follow in protecting the confidentiality of education records.
  • State Law. In Maine, laws that are specific to the education of children with disabilities are set forth in three chapters of 20-A MRSA (Maine Revised Statutes Annotated).
    • Chapter 301, General Provisions
    • Chapter 303, Children with Disabilities
    • Chapter 304, Maine Educational Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and the Governor Baxter School for the Deaf
  • State Regulation: Chapter 101/MUSER (PDF, 755KB). In Maine, the rule chapter that is specific to the education of children with disabilities is Maine Department of Education Regulations, Chapter 101, Maine Unified Special Education Regulation Birth to Age Twenty (MUSER).
  • ADA Accessibility Guidelines for Facilities and Buildings (ADAAG). These federal guidelines provide scoping and technical requirements for accessibility to buildings and facilities by individuals with disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
  • Policies, Procedures & Effective Implementation. States must have policies, procedures and effective implementation of practices that are aligned with and support the implementation of IDEA.