Education of the Deaf Act of 1986

The Education of the Deaf Act (EDA) was initially authorized in 1986. The purpose of the act was to authorize specific programs whose intent was to provide quality education and improved outcomes for deaf individuals. The EDA was amended and is now subsumed in the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (Pub. L. 110-335).


The EDA bill (Senate Bill or S. 1874) was introduced in the Senate by Senator Lowell Weicker, Jr. (R-CT) on November 21, 1985. The same day, the bill was referred to the Senate Labor and Human Resources committee. The Senate Labor and Human Resources committee referred the bill to the Subcommittee on Handicapped. After meeting and agreeing that the bill did not need amending, the bill was reported to the Senate on ...

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