Visual history of special education

  • 14th Amendment

    All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws
  • Brown vs Board of Education

    Established as a matter of law that racially segragated education was unequal. Education must be available to all on equal terms.
  • Elementary and secondary school act

    This focused on improving educational opportunity for economically disadvantaged students. Today this is known as No Child Left Behind.
  • Education for all handicapped children act

    A free and appropriate public education must be provided for all children with disabilities in the United States. Schools must provide least restrictive environments, IEP's, nondiscriminatory evaluation and confidentiality.
  • Americans with Disabilities Act

    Provides the civil rights protections to individuals with disabilities for equal opportunity in employment, public accomodations, transportation, state and local government services and telecommunications.