IDEA Reauthorization (H.R. 1350)
H.R. 1350 is a hot topic that directly affects
our children's educational rights under the Individual Disabilities
Education Act (IDEA)...below are several facts and opinions to
consider...we need to call or write our political leaders
know where we stand on/before April 29th.
My mom had a
saying..."without clear rules and time constraints some will stray,
some will lay, and some will nay"...my opinion is...we can't afford
to let young fruitful minds go unnourished and/or unfocused as adults
decide whether or not it's timely or appropriate to meet regarding the
needs of our children.
for American Private Education (CAPE) (factual articles)
on Education and the Workforce (supports it)
Childhood Workgroup Letter (has concerns)
for Children with Special Needs (shares info & copy of
for All Alerts (has concerns)
Association of the Deaf (NAD)(has concerns)
Association of School Psychologists (has concerns)
Governmental Relations Website
Watch (has several articles)
Line Petition (has concerns)
Last but not least...I rcvd the following e-mail which is a plea for
April 25, 2003
Dear LD Advocate:
I’m writing to update you on Congressional activities on the
the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
- HOUSE POISED TO VOTE ON H.R. 1350
On April 10th, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce approved
1350, the “Improving Education Results for Children with Disabilities
2003.” Next, the bill will be brought to the full House for a vote on
This action is expected to take place on April 30th.
- APRIL 29TH PROCLAIMED AS NATIONAL DAY OF PROTEST
Parents, advocates, students and others interested in the welfare and
students with disabilities in this country are banning together to protest
1350. Despite the good efforts of individuals and organizations, the
bill includes far too many damaging provisions and would compromise many
rights that IDEA has provided since its enactment in 1975.
To join this effort, you are encouraged to CALL, FAX and EMAIL your
official in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, April 29th. Tell your
official to vote NO on HR 1350 - Its a BAD IDEA!
For complete contact information for YOUR member of Congress, go to:
Enter your ZIP CODE in the box provided then click “GO”
Then click on the “info” link under your Representative’s
April 29th is a critical day for the rights of students with disabilities.
we are asking you to put extra time and energy into your advocacy by
communicating through many methods. Please CALL, FAX and EMAIL your member
To use NCLD’s Legislative Action Center to email your message of
H.R. 1350, go to:
You can also send a message to your local media outlets. Tell them that
Congress has ignored the needs of students with disabilities in its
bill. To send a message to the media, go to:
- WE’LL KEEP WORKING TO IMPROVE IDEA!
NCLD is committed to working for important improvements to IDEA, including
updated provisions for the identification of learning disabilities and
provide critical help as early as possible. We believe that IDEA should
the most up to date knowledge and understanding of learning disabilities.
will continue to keep you updated on IDEA related activities in the
including our efforts to bring about needed improvements.
- HELP BUILD OUR LD ADVOCATE NETWORK!
Please forward this message to others that might be interested in working
improve public policy that affects people with learning disabilities.
voice helps us make a difference.
Director of Public Policy
National Center for Learning Disabilities
Visit our new online policy initiative: www.KeepKidsLearning.org