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Celebrating 45 Years of IDEA

December 8, 2020
Source: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) and the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP)

The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) at the Department of Education are marking the 45th anniversary of the signing of the law now known as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The act was signed into law by President Gerald Ford on November 29, 1975 and was meant to accomplish two goals: guaranteeing free appropriate public education to every child, regardless of disability, on an equal basis with all other children; and advancing all Americans’ understanding of disability by bringing children with disabilities out of the shadows and into American schools where their gifts and strengths could be recognized. While much has been accomplished over the years, more hard work is ahead to realize the full promise of IDEA. Visit the IDEA45 page each day next week and follow OSERS on Twitter for IDEA success stories and resources.

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