The Education For All Handicapped Children Act ( Eha ) Essay

2211 Words Oct 30th, 2016 9 Pages
Prior to 1975, more than half of children with disabilities were not receiving an appropriate education, and 1 million children were denied access to an education in the public school entirely (Altshuler & Kopels, 2003, p. 320). As a result, the Education for All Handicapped Children Act (EHA) was established in 1975, which is known today as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). This act provided the right for disabled children to receive a free and proper education that will adapt to each child’s specific needs (IDEA, 2004). Today, forty-one years later, the question remains; is the IDEA successful in providing children with disabilities an education they deserve? This question directly relates to the social work values of social justice, dignity and worth of a person, and the importance of human relationships. As stated in the National Association of Social Work Code of Ethics (2008), “social workers strive to ensure…equality of opportunity (NASW, 2008).” Providing children with disabilities an appropriate education promotes social justice by extending an equal opportunity for those who face a disadvantage. Additionally, the dignity and worth of a disabled child must be recognized as equal to that of a non-disabled child. To deny educational opportunities for children with disabilities articulates that they are worth less than those children who are not disabled. Furthermore, the ability to build relationships inside the school system will be…

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