Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of
President George Bush signed the Individuals with Disabilities
Education Improvement Act of 2004 into law (P.L. 108-446) on
December 3, 2004. ASHA was closely involved with the
reauthorization process, which spanned three years and two
sessions of Congress.
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) serves
more than 6 million children in our nation's schools and
preserves a free, appropriate public education for children with
disabilities, including students with communication disorders.
Over 50% of
ASHA's 130,000 members work in a school-based setting, providing primary services to students with speech-language and
hearing disorders. Speech-language pathologists and audiologists
provide more than half of all services under the IDEA program.
Communication skills, language, and literacy abilities define the
very core of learning and set the course for school success.
If you are interested in receiving more information or have
any legislative inquiries, please contact Neil Snyder, ASHA's
Director of Federal Advocacy, at 800-498-2071, ext. 4257 or
firstname.lastname@example.org. For questions regarding regulatory activities, please contact
Catherine Clarke, ASHA's Director of Education and Regulatory
Advocacy, at 800-498-2071, ext. 4159 or