Important and influential legislation

  • Public Law 88-164

    Initiative by John F. Kennedy. It was influenced by his sisters intellectual disability, mental retardation. It authorized funds for training professionals who work with children with disabilities. It allowed for research and demonstration of best practices.
  • Public Law 93-112 Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act

    Important piece of legislation that provides equal access to programs and services for individuals with disabilities. They cannot be denied participation from activities or porograms because of their disability. This law broadens the definition and protection to include students with failing grades, suspensions, chronic behvaioral problems and other issues.
  • Public Law 94-142

    This was the Education For All Handicapped Children Act. It made the federal government accept responsibility for providing support and resources for children with disabilities. It was designed to make sure that all children have an appropriate free public education with an emphasis on special education and related services designed to meet their unique needs.
  • Public Law 99-457 (1986 amendments)

    Education for All Handicapped Children Act changed to Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Allocated federal funds for the states to develop plans and programs for children and their families from birth. It allowed that any student with a disability receive an education that meets their needs. Parents and students are entitled to assist in developing the IEP. Students are entitled to a appropiate free education and nondiscriminary assessment.Known for technology related assistance
  • Public Law 101-336 Americans with Disabilities Act

    Extended civil rights to persons with disabilities
    Anti-discrimination law
    ADA includes 5 Titles
  • Public Law 107-110 No Child Left Behind

    Impacts all chidlren and a special impact on children with disabilities. NCLB requires schools to present data to prove their effectiveness. Schools are held accountable and funds can be withdrawn if they do not meet the standards.
  • Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

    It was a reauthorization of basic legislation. A major change included quality of personnel. Individualized Education Plan (IEP) standards included, scientifically based instructional practices, cognitive behavioral interventions, early intervention, plans for assistive technology. Transition services must be addressed in the IEP at age 16 and younger if appropriate. Postschool adult-life objectives must be included