Senator Robert Stafford
In 1975, Congress passed Public Law 94-142, now called the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), to assure all students with disabilities receive a free and appropriate public education (FAPE). As this law was passed, Senator Robert Stafford explained clearly what the law was intended to do when he said:
"This thing that we do, then,
is not only as an act of law for equality in education,
but an act of love for those extraordinary children
wishing only to live ordinary lives."