The Role Of Legislation

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The role of legislation and legal regulations have played in ensuring that all children have access to high-quality services that support their individual development and learning began with that of Brown v. Board of Education in 1954 where it was supreme court case that “extended equal educational opportunities to minority groups”, thus creating “the climate for advocacy for children with disabilities, and led to the emergence of the field of special education.” (Darragh, 2009, p.30) in which then led President John F. Kennedy to “believe that Americans had a moral and constitutional obligation to provide for the needs of a person with cognitive disabilities.” (Darragh, 2009, p.30) thus allowing the pavement for future legislation to help…show more content…
Yet, in 2002 President George W. Bush signed into law the NCLB Act (No Child Left Behind) which “reforms to the educational system focusing on standards of accountability, parent participation, and student performance” (Darragh, 2009, p.38) where not only were schools responsible for children’s needs but also where the parents serve in their child’s education and “being included, as appropriate, in decision-making and on advisory committees to assist in the education of their child.” (Darragh, 2009, p.38) in which case to me means if the parents are aware of a child having a non-visible disability that they need to inform the school and have an IEP and/or 504 plan implemented for the success of their child. Overall, when Legislation began its journey into special education, I feel that they will find ways in which to make life better for children with disabilities. Due to the fact that new disabilities are coming to be more assertive, there will always be a need for modification at some time or another, there is no one size fits all when it comes to any disability, but by educators and Legislation putting steps forward for a better way of learning for all with and without disabilities to learn, the only way I see to move is
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