IDEA Celebrates Its 40th Anniversary with New Website: IDEAs That Work

As part of the celebration of the fortieth anniversary of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services at the US Department of Education has launched a new website entitled IDEAs that Work: Preparing Children and Youth with Disabilities for Success ( This additional support for teachers and families of students with disabilities is designed to connect teachers and families with resources to assist them in supporting the academic, social, emotional, and behavioral needs of students as they become college and career ready.

President Gerald Ford signed the Education for All Handicapped Children Act (which is now known as IDEA) on Nov. 29, 1975. To learn more about the 40th anniversary celebration and to view a video about the history of IDEA, see these links: 40th Anniversary of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and