Children With Disabilities Analysis

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Over the years, there has been a major evolution of educational opportunities for children with disabilities. In the beginning of history, there were very little opportunities for these children but federal legislation changed this to where they can now get the education they need and want. Children with disabilities were not able to be taught in a regular classroom like their peers. The children were required to go to an institution if they wanted to learn. The reason for the institutions was a result of people believing that children with disabilities were crazy or unstable which lead to decreased educational opportunities than other kids without disabilities. Before the decline of institutions in the early 1900’s they were beneficial to …show more content…
When The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (Public Law 94-142) was introduced, it provided teachers with a layout of how to provide the children with disabilities the necessary tools to have an appropriate education. The book states that this act is “considered by many individuals to be one of the, if not the, most important piece of federal legislation ever enacted on behalf of children with special needs (Gargiulo and Kilgo, 2014, p. 28). The main purpose of this act was to provide children with disabilities the opportunity to the same education as their peers. During this time, every student, whether they had a disability or not, could go to school and receive an education. This act also provide children with disabilities the opportunity to be put on a plan that would list accommodations which would help benefit the child’s learning. This plan is also known as an Individualized Education Plan, or IEP. The last thing this act allows is for parents to be their child’s advocate in their education. Parents are able to have a say in the decisions that are made in regards to their child’s education even if it is just for coming up with the child’s accommodations (Gargiulo and Kilgo, 2014, p. …show more content…
This act was for students that were in their preschool years or younger. It provided these children with the early intervention they needed before going into elementary school. This law provided infants and preschoolers the same rights, of appropriate education, that children under the IDEA were getting. This act is not only just for children but also families as well. Families of children with disabilities, are able to receive help and resources to help them take care of their children (Gargiulo and Kilgo, 2014, p.

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