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  • STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES
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Winning Issue » STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES


The 1975 Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) guarantees a “free and appropriate education” to all American children with disabilities regardless of their physical or mental disability. IDEA’s goal is to prepare children with disabilities for further education, employment and independent living. Before this legislation, more than a million of these American children were unable or prohibited from receiving an education. Now, about 6 million students are covered by IDEA, which has an annual budget of about $12 billion. Advocates claim that as result of this law many people, rather than being housed in institutions at taxpayer expense, are now enrolled in college and participating in our workforce. However, estimates of the number of American children eligible for coverage under IDEA range from 15 million to three times this number. Currently, IDEA is only helping about 6.5 million children minimize their disabilities. Advocates say state and local budget cuts are limiting IDEA’s services to only the most seriously disabled, leaving many millions of needy and qualified children without help. They also claim states and local school districts are failing to identify and enroll many eligible students in IDEA. Nor are these administrators forthcoming in giving parents of children with disabilities information on the services that IDEA could provide for their children. Advocates say parents are in the best position to advocate for their child and that they should know their rights, keep records, and get written evaluations of their children whenever examined. Advocates say the government needs to be more proactive in their oversight of this program and ensure all students with disabilities receive the assistance they need.


Pending Legislation:
S.516 - Every Child Counts Act




Polling Options

  • I oppose reforming current students with disabilities policy and wish to defeat S.516 - Every Child Counts Act, and also wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of either Rep. Paul Ryan or Sen. Mitch McConnell
  • I support providing assistance to States for development and implementation of an individual transition plan for each individual with a developmental disability in the State who is making the transition from the secondary school system into adulthood, and wish to either reintroduce H.R.511 - TEAM-Empowerment Act of 2013 (113th Congress 2013-2014), or a similar version thereof, and also wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Rep. Gregg Harper (MS) or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
  • I support sponsoring a bill requiring the federal government to ensure all eligible students with disabilities have access to appropriate coverage under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, and wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Rep. Gregg Harper (MS) or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
  • I support amending the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to permit alternate standards and assessments for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities; allowing a state to adopt alternate academic achievement standards in any subject for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities, if such alternate academic achievement standards: (1) are aligned with the State challenging academic content standards and challenging student academic achievement standards; (2) provide access to the general curriculum for the grade in which the student is enrolled; (3) are vertically aligned to ensure that a student who achieves at the on-target or advanced level under subclause (VI) signifies that the student is on track to access a postsecondary education or achieve competitive integrated employment; (4) are supported by evidence-based learning progressions to age and grade-level performance; (5) are designated in the individualized education program developed under section 614(d)(3) of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act for each such student as the academic achievement standard that will be used for the student, and wish to pass S.516 - Every Child Counts Act, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Sen. Lamar Alexander (TN) and/or Sen. Christopher Murphy (CT), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue


Winning Option

  • I support providing assistance to States for development and implementation of an individual transition plan for each individual with a developmental disability in the State who is making the transition from the secondary school system into adulthood, and wish to either reintroduce H.R.511 - TEAM-Empowerment Act of 2013 (113th Congress 2013-2014), or a similar version thereof, and also wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Rep. Gregg Harper (MS) or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
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February 20, 2020
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