My master's project focuses on the main federal special education law- the Reauthorization of Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Amendments (IDEA- 1997)- that was due to be reauthorized in the year 2002. The reauthorization bill was left unapproved because the United States Congress has had more urgent legislation involving war with Iraq, the national security of our nation and its citizens and the global war on terrorism, Medicare, the high rate of unemployment and a huge growing deficit. It is timely to investigate the current law because the educational issues of children with disabilities have not been met yet. It is the recommendations for improving IDEA-1997 to benefit deaf and hard of hearing students that I will be focusing on for my research. The rewriting of this law and subsequent reauthorization may set the stage for improving Deaf education.
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Master of Science of Secondary Education of Students Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (NTID)
Garfinkel, Adam, "History of IDEA and the impact on deaf and hard of hearing students" (2005). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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