The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services will automatically redirect users from the Building the Legacy: IDEA 2004 site to the new Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) website starting April 30, 2018.
OSERS launched the new IDEA website in June 2017 in order to provide updated department information regarding the IDEAto the public including students, parents/families, educators, service providers, grantees, researchers and advocates.
While the Legacy site will redirect users to the new IDEA site on April 30, content from the Legacy site is available for reference on the new IDEA website on the Building the Legacy: IDEA 2004 historical reference page.
The Legacy site was developed in 2006 as a result of the 2004 reauthorization of the IDEA. The site was updated mostly between 2006 and 2011. It had not received updates since 2013.
OSERS determined it would leave the Legacy site live after the new site launched to provide stakeholders ample time to compare the two sites, adapt to the new site and provide feedback to OSERS.
OSERS has made updates to the site based on the feedback it received from stakeholders since the initial launch of the new IDEA website.
OSERS will continue to gather feedback about the new website in order to enhance and add content to the new IDEA website to ensure the new site remains current.
Stay tuned for video tutorials highlighting features of the new site in the coming months. In the meantime, visit the OSERS Blog if you have feedback regarding the new IDEA website and leave a comment.
CEC is an active participant in stakeholder conversations with staff at the Department of Education and it is our understanding that the planned changes will improve security and accessibility while ensuring all current IDEA information remains available online. CEC shares the Department’s goal of making materials accessible to professionals and families. We continue to be committed to ensuring that important IDEA information and resources remain available and will share information about these changes through our various communication channels as it becomes available.