Americans with Disabilities Act: Provisions & Impact on Education

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Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

In an effort to provide equal access for all students, the federal government has passed a number of laws that provide protection to disabled students. In this lesson, we'll learn about the Americans with Disabilities Act and its effect on education.

Background on School Law

Although state governments make most decisions about education for the state, there are some pieces of federal legislation that affect schools. Generally, federal laws surrounding schools concern the protection of each person's civil rights. One of the laws that is designed to protect all disabled people is the Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA.

While the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act is specifically geared towards schools, the Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA, encompasses the treatment of disabled people in all public facilities, including disabled parents who visit schools. Let's learn more about this legislation.

Legislation for the Disabled

Why is it necessary to have laws specifically targeted at protecting the rights of disabled people? It wasn't that long ago that students who were deaf, blind, mentally ill, or cognitively impaired had no choice but to be home schooled or to go to expensive private schools.

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