The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS)
is planning to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
(IDEA) and would like input from people who have been positively impacted by the IDEA.
Individuals with disabilities, students, teachers, principals, researchers, parents, teacher
trainers and other IDEA stakeholders are invited to share art work, photography, poetry and
written stories showing how the IDEA has positively impacted their lives.
Submissions will be accepted through November 8th on the 35th anniversary of IDEA Web site.
In 1975, the passage of the Education for All Handicapped Children Act (Public Law 94-142)
guaranteed access to a free, appropriate, public education (FAPE) in the least restrictive
environment to every child with a disability. Subsequent amendments, as reflected in the
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), have led to an increased emphasis on
access to the general education curriculum, the provision of services for young children
from birth to five, transition planning and accountability for the achievement of students with
During these 35 years, the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) has supported efforts that are making a difference for millions of children with disabilities, as well as their non-disabled friends and classmates. Many of the educational practices employed by our nation's best teachers are the direct result of federal investments in rigorous educational research, training and technical assistance. Today, due largely to the provision of IDEA-supported programs and services, nearly 6.6 million infants, toddlers, children and youths with disabilities are achieving at levels that would not have been imagined in previous decades.