NY Jewish Week: IDEA: More students need special education services than when IDEA was first enacted

Feb 13, 2018, NY Jewish Week: The Next Steps On Inclusion For The Jewish Community In Washington, the day began with panels of disability rights experts briefing participants about the importance of each issue. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) was originally passed as The Education of All Handicapped Children Act (EHCA) of 1975; it mandated that the federal government pay 40 percent of the cost of educating students with disabilities, while the states would pay 60 percent. This landmark legislation was the first time that Congress proclaimed that every student is entitled to an education, regardless of disability. Before the bill’s enactment, many students with disabilities were not permitted to enroll in school.... * More students are in need of special education services than decades ago when the original law was enacted. The lack of federal funding is particularly problematic as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2014 found the rate of autism among children to be 1 in 68, compared to 1 in 150 in 2000.