On November 29, 1975 President Gerald Ford signed into law the Education for All Handicapped Children Act (Public Law 94-142), landmark legislation that forever changed how American’s view individuals with disabilities. Now known as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), this law raised expectations for millions of children and youth with disabilities who were previously excluded from public school. Today approximately 7 million children and youth with disabilities receive services provided by IDEA.
On this 42nd anniversary, CEC reaffirms its support for the core purposes of IDEA and remains committed to the successful implementation of this essential law. Read more in CEC’s Informational Brief, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
Thank you, special educators! As we celebrate the 42nd anniversary of IDEA, know that CEC appreciates the dedication of the nations over 400,000 special educators and early interventionists and is honored to work on your behalf!