History of Special Education in the United States

  • Advocates

    The first advocacy group for special education is created
  • Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA)

    Addresses the inequalities of educational opportunities for underprivileged students.
  • PARC Court Case

    Pennsylvania Assn. for R* Children v Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (PARC) and Mills v. Board of Education of District of Columbia dealt with both the exclusion and accommodations of students with intellectual disabilities.
  • Investigation

    Congress investigates to see how schools are accommodating students with special needs and discovers that their needs are not being adequately met.
  • Education for all Handicapped Children Act (EHA)

    Guarantees and enforced the right for children with disabilities access to a free and accessible education.
  • Individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

    Requires the usage of IEP's for all special education students.
  • IDEA Report

    An IDEA report claims that the needs that are required to be met have not been met by the public schools.
  • No Child Left Behind

    Contributes to providing technology assistance and loan programs to help schools with special education resources.
  • Kindergarten

    I start my first year in the public schools system in Santa Rosa, California.
  • Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act

    The two purposes of this act are to provide an education that is going to further enhance educational, employment and living opportunities and to protect the rights of these children and their parents.
  • Middle School

    This is the first of my two years of middle school.
  • Every Student Succeeds Act

    This is a reauthorization of No Child Left Behind, but it also enforced the requirement of having highly qualified teachers.
  • Graduation

    This is the year that I finish high school and graduate. It is also the same year that I start my first semester of college.
  • Volunteer

    As part of one of my Santa Rosa Junior College courses I am required to fulfill 50 hours inside a classroom. I chose to do this inside a middle school history class.
  • Teaching Credential

    As of right now, I am half way through the teaching credential program at SSU with the intentions of teach Social Studies at the middle or high school level.