Full Funding of Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

Full Funding of Individuals with Disabilities Education Act


AG Bell believes that the intent of IDEA is to support students with special needs in preparation for further education, employment and independent living. The Board of Directors of AG Bell supports the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act and efforts to ensure full federal funding for IDEA programs; and hereby calls for IDEA funding to be dedicated to:

  • Ensuring that families with children who are deaf or hard of hearing are informed of all the communication options.
  • Reducing any payments by families to obtain services for listening and spoken language for their children that will facilitate their development toward that outcome.
  • Placing a child who is deaf or hard of hearing and who communicates through listening and spoken language in an appropriate educational environment in order to facilitate his or her continued development toward that outcome.
  • Providing access to highly qualified professionals in the area of listening and spoken language, which would include individuals credentialed as Listening and Spoken Language Specialist educators or therapists.

Reach Us

Alexander Graham Bell Association
for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

3417 Volta Place NW
Washington, D.C. 20007

Tel: 202-337-5220
TTY: 202-337-5221


Our Mission

Working globally to ensure that people who are deaf and hard of hearing can hear and talk. 

We want all families to be informed and supported, professionals to be appropriately qualified to teach and help children with hearing loss, public policy leaders to effectively address the needs of people with hearing loss, and communities to be empowered to help their neighbors with hearing loss succeed.