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Thirty-five Years of Progress in Educating Children With Disabilities Through IDEA
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Conditions Before and After IDEA

The current promising future of children with disabilities and their families stands in sharp contrast to conditions before IDEA. These last 35 years have witnessed significant changes as the nation has moved from paying little attention to the special needs of individuals with disabilities to merely accommodating these individuals’ basic needs and then eventually to providing programs and services for all children with disabilities and their families.

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Last Modified: 11/22/2010