IDEA

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

In 1975, IDEA became law and brought with it revolutionary changes for children and youth with disabilities, their families and the professionals who work on their behalf. Since its inception, IDEA has revolutionized the educational and workplace opportunities available to America’s 6.9 million children and youth with disabilities. Although many challenges remain, children and youth with disabilities have had access to an educational system that builds upon their strengths and addresses their individual needs.

On December 3, 2004, President Bush signed the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act into law. Since then, the U.S. Department of Education has released final regulations for the implementation of IDEA Part B (grants to states for individuals aged 3-21) and final regulations for IDEA Part C (Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities program).

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CEC Releases Fiscal Year 2015 Federal Outlook for Exceptional Children
CEC’s 2013 Federal Outlook for Exceptional Children provides budgetary recommendations for funding programs for the United States' seven million children with disabilities and/or giftedness. The Federal Outlook is designed to explain to lawmakers and their staff the critical need for funding programs for children with disabilities and/or giftedness. Contributions made by special educators and school districts help put a human touch on these abstract concepts.

CEC Celebrates IDEA's 35th Anniversary
In 2010, CEC celebrated IDEA’s 35th anniversary by reflecting on advances while also recognizing the urgent need to build on successes, to maintain high expectations, and support positive outcomes for all children and youth with disabilities

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