Since 1981, the Institute for the Study of Exceptional Children and Youth has been a national leader in conducting research initiatives to provide information to policymakers and has broadly disseminated its findings to a variety of audiences. The Institute sponsors national conferences, workshops, and other training activities involving school personnel.
The Institute has contributed to the field of special education both in the United States and abroad. Due in part to its location in the greater metropolitan area of Washington, DC, the Institute has established relationships with numerous professional and membership organizations, as well as federal and state agencies concerned with persons with disabilities. Under various grants and contracts, Institute staff have produced a number of high-quality and extensively disseminated products, including books, monographs, technical reports and issue briefs, many of which have been distributed internationally. Over 43 funded projects have been conducted within the Institute since its creation in 1981.