Children with disabilites

And the rights they have in schools.

Before "Education for All Handicapped Children Act" (1975)

It was perfectly legal for a school to deny a child's education based of the disability he/she obtained. Many children with disabilities received little or no education at all. they were also segregated and had to attend a school specifically designed for their disability. (School for the blind, etc)

Free Appropriate Public Education Act (1973)

Congress found that out of eight million kids, in America at the time of the enactment one million were "excluded entirely from public schools, and more than half were receiving an inappropriate education." So Free Appropriate Public Education Act was created as an educational act specifically designed to meet the high standards and needs of disabled children. This act helps fund schools so they have the unique tools needed to do just this.

There are many acts in place to take care of and protect the children with disabilities.

IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act)

This is the main federal program allowing state and local for special education and related services for children with disabilities. (Makes sure that schools attend to the needs of children with disabilities. Also has very specific rules to make sure that each student is guaranteed a Free Appropriate Public Education. There are also a few other acts passed in favor of the education of students with disabilities.

Five test questions

  1. Do you think having disabled children in schools is a good or bad thing?
  2. What rights are being denied by not allowing them to attend public school?
  3. Should disabled children have their own schools or is it better for them to be blended in with other students?
  4. What amendment does it say that you are allowed and free appropriate public education?
  5. What would be different about our country today if these laws were not passed?


Anderson, Lynda. "How Is Education Going for People with Disabilities?" N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Mar. 2014. Here I found one of the pictures I am going to use and a graph to show facts about students with disabilities.

Bolin, Frances. "Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)." World Book Advanced. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 Mar. 2014. This website was a great addvocate for helping me better understand the Elementary and secondary education act.

Brenchly, Cameron. "Duncan and Team Get First-hand Look at Successful Inclusion of Students with Disabilities." N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Mar. 2014. I got a picture from here.

"Building the Legacy." N.p., n.d. Web. 28 Mar. 2014. This website helped me learn about the individuals with Disabilities education act.

"Education for All Handicap Children Act of 1975." History of Americans With Disababilites. N.p.: n.p., n.d. N. pag. Print. This book also helped me better understand that court case and the Free Appropriate Public Education Act

Fisonick, Christina. Teens Rights and Freedom Education. N.p.: n.p., n.d. Print. This book taught me about a case (Hendrick Hudson board of education vs. Rowley) that lead up to todays laws and rights for children with diabilities in schools.

"Free Appropriate Public Education under Section 504." Free Appropriate Public Education under Section 504. N.p., Aug. 2010. Web. 28 Mar. 2014. This website gave me more information on the "Free Appropriate Public Education act."

"LEARN THE LAW." NCLD. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 Mar. 2014. This website was able to give me an idea of the acts and laws that we have inplace today for students with diabilities.

"Schools for Children with Learning Problems: Disability Shouldn't Leave Children Disenfranchised." The Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group, 21 May 2010. Web. 27 Mar. 2014. This website gave me a good picture to use.

Tiffany. "Multicultural Timeline." Explore. N.p., 5 Oct. 2013. Web. 30 Mar. 2014. I got a picture from here and also some facts and information about the act passed in 1975.