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The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services (OSERS) in the US Department of Education supports programs that help educate children and youth with disabilities, provides for the rehabilitation of youth and adults with disabilities and supports research to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities. By providing funding to programs that serve infants, toddlers, children and adults with disabilities, OSERS works to ensure that these individuals are fully included in school, in employment, in life. OSERS also provides funds to programs that offer information and technical assistance to parents of infants, toddlers and children with disabilities, as well as members of the learning community who serve these individuals.

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Guide to Frequently Asked Questions Individuals with Disabilities Act

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is the nation’s special education law. First enacted three decades ago, IDEA provides billions of dollars in federal funding to assist states and local communities in providing educational opportunities for approximately six million students with varying degrees of disability who participate in special education.

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HLAA Submits Comments Regarding New Research
Interagency Committee on Disability Research (Public Meeting)

August 18, 2008

The interagency Committee on Disability Research (ICDR) requests comments from organizations representing individuals with disabilities to suggest specific ways to improve future disability and rehabilitation research to benefit individuals with disabilities on a variety of topics impacting people with disabilities and how well existing federal research programs are responding to the changing needs of individuals with disabilities.

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Comments of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Alliance to the U.S. Department of Education on the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Early Intervention Program for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities

July 23, 2007

The Hearing Loss Association signed on to comments sent by the deaf and hard of hearing alliance to the Department of Education on IDEA Part C - early intervention programs for infants and toddlers.

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