Educational Needs Of Children With Disabilities

3035 WordsMar 8, 201513 Pages
Children with disabilities today, routinely attend the same public schools as children without disabilities. But this wasn 't always the case. Prior to the 1970s special education was in a dark state. Parents of children with cognitive or emotional disabilities, deafness, blindness or the need for speech therapy, among others had very few options other than to be educated at home, institutionalized, or receive no education. By the1970s after many court cases legislation restructured and transformed special education by producing a steady stream of mandates, laws and decisions to help ensure the educational needs of children with disabilities. The 1970s bought more significant improvement to the lives of children with special education needs than any other decade in the history of special education. The panel’s recommendations included federal aid to states. In 1965, Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which provided funding for primary education, and is seen by advocacy groups as expanding access to public education for children with disabilities. Despite these two important events, by the 1970’s, only a relatively small number of children with disabilities were being educated in public schools. The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 which includes Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 are two laws with the intention to prevent any form of discrimination against individuals who meet the definition of having a
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