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ERIC Number: ED515893
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Nov
Pages: 20
Abstractor: ERIC
Thirty-Five Years of Progress in Educating Children with Disabilities through "IDEA"
Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, US Department of Education
At the celebration of the 35th anniversary of P.L. 94-142 this year, significant national progress has been made in ensuring the civil rights and providing equal access to education for all children with disabilities. During the 2007-08 school year, "IDEA"-mandated programs and services were provided to more than 6 million children and youths with disabilities and more than 320,000 infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families. These programs and services are provided in each of the 50 states, eight territories, District of Columbia, and in schools supported by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. During these last 35 years, IDEA also has developed a national infrastructure of supports that are improving results for millions of children with disabilities, as well as their nondisabled friends and classmates. Notably, many of the educational approaches, techniques, and practices employed by the nation's best teachers are the direct result of IDEA investments in rigorous education research, training, and technical assistance. Teachers can employ these approaches, techniques, and practices with confidence that they are likely to be effective. Today, due largely to the provision of "IDEA"-supported programs and services together with "IDEA" support for research, training, and dissemination, children with disabilities are achieving at levels that would not have been imagined in previous decades. This paper provides examples of the county's accomplishments over the past 35 years.
Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, US Department of Education. Available from: ED Pubs. P.O. Box 1398, Jessup, MD 20794-1398. Tel: 202-245-7468; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (ED)
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Education for All Handicapped Children Act; Individuals with Disabilities Education Act