Thursday, July 9, 2009

Reminder: IDEA Fairness Restoration Act

A reminder that today is a national call-in day for the IDEA Fairness Restoration Act, H.R., 2740.

Call your Congressional Representative to ask him or her to co-sponsor the Act and help level the playing field.Dial 202-224-3121 (TTY 202-225-1904) and ask for your Representative. You can also find direct dial numbers for your Representative, including local numbers (if long-distance is too costly), on your Representative’s web page at

How to Find Out Who Your Congressional Representative is: If you do not know who your Congressional Representative is, go to and put your zip code into the box in the upper left corner.The IDEA Fairness Restoration Act will override the Supreme Court's decision in Arlington Central School District v. Murphy (2006) and allow parents who prevail in due process or litigation to be reimbursed for their expert witness fees.

When prevailing parents cannot recover expert costs, the playing field is neither level nor fair, and children are denied a free appropriate public education and other fundamental IDEA rights.For more detailed information about the Act click here and to read the Act in its entirety click here.

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