Special Education Reform Should Not Be Banned For All Handicapped Children Act Of 1975 ( Eahca )

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Special Education Reform There have been many changes in special education through the years, and as with most things, some were positive and some were negative. Turning back the clock a century we find that public education was just starting to make its debut. Schools, although they had been around for a while, were usually only found in the larger towns and were primarily attended by the wealthy and elite students. Special education students were excluded from attending school, because they were said to disrupt the learning of non disabled students and some were even sent to asylums. 100 years later we have seen many major reforms and we will look at three positive and three negative significant changes that has lead us to the special education program we have today.
Positive changes In 1975, President Gerald Ford signed into law The Education for All Handicapped Children Act of 1975 (EAHCA). This law contained three significant changes that have taken place special education. It entitled disabled students to a free public education, a right to due process, and an Individual Education Plan (IEP) (Yell, M. L., Rogers, D., & Rogers, E. L. 1998). These three changes, even today, have become some of the most important changes in the history of special education.
Parent’s fought for years to have their disable children included in the public education system. It wasn’t until Brown vs. The Board of Education that a door was finally opened. Brown vs. Board of Education was…

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