• Public Law 88-164

    Authorized funds for training professionals to work with children with the special needs and for research and demonstration for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities and deafness.
  • Rehabilitation Act

    The Rehabilitation Act was passed by Congress and vetoed by Richard Nixon.
  • Public Law 94-142

    Education for all Handicapped Children Act. "To assume that all handicapped children have available to them a free appropraite public education which emphasizes special education and related services designed to meet their unique needs."
  • IDEA

    IDEA was originally enacted by Congress in 1975 to ensure that children with disabilities have the opportunity to receive a free appropriate public education, just like other children. The law has been revised many times over the years.

    American Disabled for Public Transit (ADAPT) was founded. It held a transit bus hostage in Denver, Colorado. A yearlong civil disobedience campaign followed to force the Denver Transit Authority to purchase wheelchair lift-equipped buses.
  • NCIL

    The National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) was founded by Max Starkloff, Charlie Carr and Marca Bristo.
  • Americans with Disabilities Act

    The Americans with Disabilities Act was signed by George W. Bush. The Act provided comprehensive civil rights protection for people with disabilities. Closely modeled after the Civil Rights Act and Section 504, the law was the most sweeping disability rights legislation in history. It mandated that local, state and federal governments and programs be accessible, that businesses with more than 15 employees make “reasonable accommodations” for disabled workers and that public accommodations such a
  • IEP

    The passage of the updated version of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA 2004) made parents of kids with special needs even more crucial members of their child's education team.
  • Rehabilitation Act of 1973

    The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 was passed. Sections 501, 503 and 504 prohibited discrimination in federal programs and services and all other programs or services receiving federal funds. Key language in the Rehabilitation Act, found in Section 504, states “No otherwise qualified handicapped individual in the United States, shall, solely by reason of his handicap, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity rec