IDEA Turns 45!
Nov. 29, 2020, marked the 45th anniversary of President Gerald Ford signing the Education for All Handicapped Children Act (Public Law 94-142) into law. The 1990 amendment to Public Law 94-142 changed the law’s name to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

Join the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) and the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) the week of Nov. 30, 2020, as the Department of Education celebrates 45 years of providing education, supports and services to infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities and their families through the IDEA.

To celebrate the 45th anniversary of IDEA, we invite you to visit the IDEA 45 anniversary page, the hub for all OSERS content related to the 45th anniversary of the IDEA. During the week of Nov. 30, 2020, the IDEA 45 anniversary page will feature stories and resources that reflects on the importance of the legislation on the lives of children with disabilities and their families.

“OSEP's November 2020 Update: IDEA Turns 45!: Federal COVID-19 Resources: Dose of Data: Research You Can Use: Engage With Us.” U.S. Department of Education, 25 Nov. 2020, 11:47AM, 
IDEA Part C (Birth to 3 Years) Q&A
The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), within the U.S. Department of Education’s (Department) Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, issues this Question and Answer (Q & A) document in response to inquiries concerning implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part C provision of service in the current COVID-19 environment. 
If you have questions about the provision of early childhood special education services, you can view OSEP's Q&A document here.
If you have further questions please do not hesitate to reach out to MPACT so we can put you in touch with someone in your area.
Upcoming MPACT Webinars in December:
Click on the blue links below to register
Early Childhood
Steps to Success: IDEA Part C to B

Steps to Success: Effectively Communicating Your Child’s Needs

Transitions: ECSE to Elementary
For Youth
Understanding the IEP for ASD, December 16 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
IDEA Bootcamp
View all upcoming MPACT trainings here.
All MPACT trainings are free of charge! If you would like to schedule any MPACT training in your area or for your organization please click on the link: Request Training Here!
MPACT Mentor Volunteer Program
What is an MPACT Mentor Volunteer?

Mentors are trained volunteers who, upon request, provide support to families of children with disabilities throughout the special education process. A mentor does not represent or speak for a parent or family member, but a mentor does help empower an individual to become a strong educational advocate for his or her child. MPACT mentors are screened and receive training and supervision from MPACT staff.
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MPACT is funded in part or whole by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs Grant No. H328M090020-10. The contents of the website, however, and any documents cited herein do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the U.S Department of Education.
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