Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates
Protecting the Legal and Civil Rights of Students with Disabilities
Public Policy Matters: COPAA works to protect the civil rights and secure excellence in education on behalf of the 6 million children with disabilities eligible for IDEA and the over 700,000 children with 504 plans in America. COPAA believes that every child has the right to high-quality education and an equal opportunity to achieve his or her full academic potential. Our members support tens of thousands students with disabilities and their families each year.
As a result of our collective effort elected officials are very aware of the strength and commitment that exists across the country for students with disabilities and their families. Current COPAA policy priorities include:
Get Involved: The U.S. Congress, White House, U.S. Department of Education and your local legislators are making decisions that impact the funding, access, instruction, accommodations and support students and young adults with disabilities receive in Pre-K to higher education. We will keep you informed so you can take action to promote policies that protect and support the civil rights and strengthen accountability in order to assure high quality educational services for children and young adults with disabilities.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits discrimination and ensures equal opportunity for persons with disabilities in employment, State and local government services, public accommodations (including in higher education), commercial facilities, and transportation.
The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (now known as Every Child Succeeds Act -ESSA) provides funding to U.S. K-12 schools to ensure a quality public education for all students. ESEA authorizes funds for professional development, instructional materials, resources to support educational programs, and for promotion of parental involvement.
The Higher Education Act authorizes funding for colleges and universities, targeted grant programs, scholarships, transition programs for students with intellectual disabilities as well as low-interest loans and financial aid for students.
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act governs how states and public agencies provide early intervention, special education, and related services to eligible infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities.
Section 504 is a civil rights law under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities. Section 504 ensures that the child with a disability has equal access to an education. The child may receive accommodations and modifications.
The Workforce Investment Opportunity Act is designed to help all job seekers access employment, education, training, and support services to succeed in the labor market and to match employers with the skilled
COPAA's public policy work, at the state and national level, is steered by our Government Relations Committee, under the direction of the COPAA Board. We currently engage with the firm McKeon Group to represent our policy interests in Washington, D.C.
Recent Policy Letters
6/1/2016 » 6/1/2017
Webinar Subscription for Organizations
6/1/2016 » 6/1/2017
Webinar Subscription for Individuals
3/2/2017 » 3/5/2017
COPAA's 19th Annual Conference: 2017 Dallas, TX
3/2/2017 » 3/4/2017
2017 COPAA Conference Sponsorship
3/10/2017 » 7/10/2017
2016 Webinar Series 1: IEP's and Their Components, What You Should Know