IDEA 25th Anniversary, Website, and Annual Report

December 4, 2000

The US Department of Education celebrated the 25th Anniversary of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). To commemorate the occasion, the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services (OSERS) launched its new “Lessons for All” IDEA 25th anniversary site. It offers information on the history of the act and its impact on improving results for infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities; links to IDEA-funded resources; stories from students and community members who have benefited from IDEA; and related news and events.

In addition, the Department marked the anniversary by releasing the 22nd Annual Report to Congress on the Implementation of IDEA. The report identifies progress made in providing education opportunities to children with disabilities. For example, a record 55% of America’s students with disabilities are graduating from high school, and more disabled students are attending regular classes alongside nondisabled students than ever.