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"Improving educational results for children with disabilities is an essential element of our national policy of ensuring equality of opportunity, full participation, independent living, and economic self-sufficiency for individuals with disabilities." Findings of Congress, Public Law 108-446. Section 601(c)(1).

What is IDEA?
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, as amended in 2004 (IDEA 2004-PL 108-446), is a federal law governing special education services and federal funding for eligible infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities across the country. Children and youth (ages 3-21) receive special education and related services under IDEA, Part B. Infants and toddlers with disabilities (ages birth-2) and their families receive early intervention services under IDEA Part C. In Oregon, IDEA funds helped support the education of almost 83,000 children with disabilities in the past year. For more information about IDEA see the U.S. Department of Education website at http://idea.ed.gov.

Mark Your Calendar - Public Notice and Comment Dates- Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
In accordance with federal law, the annual application for federal IDEA Part C funds is open for public review for sixty days, from Friday, February 20 through Tuesday, April 20, 2015. The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) will accept public comment on this application from Monday, March 2 through Tuesday March 31, 2015. Find a copy of this application here: IDEA Part C helps support early intervention services for infants and toddlers with disabilities, ages birth to three.

For information about Part B contact:
Sarah Drinkwater, PhD., Assistant Superintendent eMail
Office of Learning - Student Services
Oregon Department of Education
255 Capitol St. NE
Salem, Oregon 97310
Fax: 503-378-5156

For information about Part C contact:
Nancy Johnson-Dorn, Director of EI/ECSE and General Supervision eMail
Oregon Department of Education
Office of Learning - Student Services
255 Capitol St. NE
Salem, Oregon 97310
Fax: 503-378-5156

State Reporting under IDEA

State Resources

  • Oregon Standard IEP
    IDEA 2004 impacts the Oregon Standard IEP form.

  • School Age Forms
    Forms that may be necessary in addition to the standard IEP, such as "statement of eligibility," may be found by using the School Age Forms link.

U.S. Department of Education Resources - Legislation and Policy

Other Resources External Link

Associated Topics

  • Ruby Sandberg Email    (503) 947-5738
    Student Services Support Staff - Executive Support Specialist

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