Department of Education Celebrates IDEA Anniversary

The U.S. Department of Education hosted a celebration attended by several hundred advocates honoring the 35th anniversary of the enactment of P.L. 94-142, the Education for All Handicapped Children Act, now known as IDEA. Later that evening another IDEA celebration was held where three pioneers of special education policy who played instrumental roles in the enactment of P.L. 94-142 were honored: Dr. Edwin Martin, the Director of the then known federal Bureau for the Education of the Handicapped; Thomas Gilhool, who argued the landmark PARC v. Pennsylvania special education court case; and the DPC’s Paul Marchand, who helped lead the lobbying effort to pass the law.

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