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2000 May - June

New Regulations Implementing the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Amendments of 1997—an Overview (Part 2)

By Kathleen B. Boundy

The 1997 amendments to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act offer children with disabilities greater opportunities to participate in a mainstream education curriculum. Substantive requirements such as the individualized education program, as well as procedural protections, are available for holding states and school districts accountable for improving educational outcomes for students with disabilities.

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Disciplinary Exclusion of Students with Disabilities

By Eileen L. Ordover

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, its regulations, and section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 provide children with disabilities with protections against inappropriate school discipline, including disciplinary exclusion from education. These laws are important tools for advocates working to ensure that children with disabilities receive appropriate services and supports, a free appropriate public education, and adequate protection from criminal charges filed by school personnel.

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Meeting Needs, Measuring Outcomes

The Self-Sufficiency Standard as a Tool for Policy-Making, Evaluation, and Client Counseling

By Jennifer Brooks & Diana Pearce

Developed by Wider Opportunities for Women, the self-sufficiency standard measures how much income is needed by a family of a given composition in a given place to meet its needs adequately and without public or private assistance. This standard, which differs from the federal poverty measure, can be used as a benchmark to measure welfare and work-force development policy outcomes, to demonstrate the impact of public policy alternatives, to target higher-wage sectors of the economy, and to change how caseworkers counsel clients about jobs and careers.

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Subsidized Housing and the Unique Needs of Domestic Violence Victims

By Susan A. Reif & Lisa J. Krisher

As national and local housing providers struggle to implement subsidized housing program changes wrought by the Quality Housing Work and Responsibility Act of 1998, advocates for domestic violence victims have an opportunity to influence local housing providers' policy determinations in order to serve victims' needs better. Such advocates must be knowledgeable about sources of affordable housing, barriers to accessing and maintaining housing for domestic violence victims, strategies for overcoming these barriers, and specific areas in which advocates can influence housing providers.

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Child Care and Community Economic Development

Critical Roles for Legal Services

By Stephanie Upp, Chris Palamountain, Alice Bussiere & Brad Caftel

Child care represents the critical nexus of children, families, and their community. Strengthening the existing child care industry and expanding resources and services to build a child care infrastructure thus should be central to any legal services strategy for strengthening neighborhoods. Many legal services programs, pro bono programs, and law school clinics already are developing links between child care advocacy and community economic development.

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