Ch 1: Foundations of Special Education Law

About This Chapter

Increase your knowledge of the foundations of special education law with help from this chapter's informative lessons. Enjoy a comprehensive overview of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Honig v. Doe, Section 504 regulations and more.

Foundations of Special Education Law - Chapter Summary

Policymakers have worked for decades to ensure students with special needs have access to educational opportunities and resources that can help them succeed in life. Review this chapter to learn more about laws related to special education. Topics covered in the lessons include the following:

  • Important legal victories for Americans with disabilities
  • Basics of the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Cases involving local boards of education
  • Significance of Honig v. Doe
  • Summary of the Education for All Handicapped Children Act
  • Section 504 regulations and accommodations
  • Student and parent constitutional rights in educational settings
  • American with Disabilities Act in schools

Access this chapter from any computer, smartphone or tablet during lesson planning periods in school, at home or on-the-go. Benefit from short quizzes and a chapter exam that enable you to gauge your knowledge of the foundations of special education law.

How It Helps

  • Builds awareness: This chapter ensures you have a quality understanding of specifics of various laws, court cases and other legal aspects of special education.
  • Aids in curriculum development: As you learn about the foundations of special education law, you can more carefully develop lesson plans that address your students' needs.
  • Enhances student-teacher relationships: Understanding and taking extra steps to meet the needs of your students can help build trust and enhance your student-teacher relationship.

Skills Covered

Once you've completed this chapter, you will be able to:

  • Describe judicial and legislative victories related to the civil rights of Americans with disabilities
  • Discuss the impact the Americans with Disabilities Act has on education and how it is used in private schools
  • Explain how Board of Education of the Hendrick Hudson Central School District v. Rowley impacted the treatment of special needs students in the classroom
  • Share ways the rights of students with disabilities were impacted by Mills v. Board of Education of District of Columbia
  • Detail how Honig v. Doe addressed discipline for students with disabilities
  • Provide details about the impact of the Education for All Handicapped Children Act
  • Describe Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
  • Explain the rights of students and parents in educational settings

9 Lessons in Chapter 1: Foundations of Special Education Law
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
The Civil Rights of Americans with Disabilities: Judicial & Legislative Victories

1. The Civil Rights of Americans with Disabilities: Judicial & Legislative Victories

The rights of disabled people in America are protected by a number of civil, judicial and legislative victories. Learn more about the history of the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act and their modern protections.

Americans with Disabilities Act: Provisions & Impact on Education

2. Americans with Disabilities Act: Provisions & Impact on Education

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) protects against the mistreatment of individuals living with disabilities in public facilities and schools. Explore the history of this legislation, protection against discrimination, and the fight for equal access.

Board of Education of the Hendrick Hudson Central School District v. Rowley in 1982

3. Board of Education of the Hendrick Hudson Central School District v. Rowley in 1982

In 1982, the case of The Board of Education of the Hendrick Hudson Central School District v. Rowley demonstrated the need for curricular accommodations for students with special needs. Learn about Amy Rowley, the child with hearing impairment who the case was about, and the significant details and results of the lawsuit filed on her behalf.

Mills v. Board of Education of District of Columbia: Summary & Significance

4. Mills v. Board of Education of District of Columbia: Summary & Significance

Mills v. Board of Education of District of Columbia is a 1972 court case that paved the way for disabled students' access to equal education. Explore the problem and the solution, and learn how the lawsuit that sparked the decisions would reverberate in the world for years to come.

Honig v. Doe: Summary & Significance

5. Honig v. Doe: Summary & Significance

The Supreme Court case, ''Honig v. Doe'' established protection and rights to education for emotionally and developmentally disabled students. Learn about lower court cases that led to the Supreme Court ruling and the current ramifications of school expulsions.

Education for All Handicapped Children Act: Summary & Impact

6. Education for All Handicapped Children Act: Summary & Impact

The Education for All Handicapped Children Act provided an outline for the betterment of special education. Explore this summary of the act's mandates and the impact it had on special education in this lesson.

What Are Section 504 Regulations & Accommodations in Public Schools?

7. What Are Section 504 Regulations & Accommodations in Public Schools?

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is focused primarily on protecting the civil rights of individuals with disabilities. Learn more about the regulations and accommodations made in public schools to protect students with disabilities as required by the civil rights law.

Constitutional Rights of Students & Parents in Educational Settings

8. Constitutional Rights of Students & Parents in Educational Settings

Students and parents have Constitutional Rights when it comes to education. Examine the relevant amendments to the Constitution, court cases, and laws that have been passed by Congress, which clarify these rights.

ADA & Private Schools

9. ADA & Private Schools

The Americans with Disabilities Act requires entities to make reasonable accommodation to aid people with physical or mental disabilities. This lesson answers questions about how the law applies to private schools.

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