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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.
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
1. The Civil Rights of Americans with Disabilities: Judicial & Legislative Victories
In this lesson, we will review the timeline of the civil rights of Americans with disabilities. We will take a closer look at the background of the rights, what they include and what they mean to society today.
2. Americans with Disabilities Act: Provisions & Impact on Education
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.
3. Board of Education of the Hendrick Hudson Central School District v. Rowley in 1982
The Board of Education of the Hendrick Hudson Central School District versus Rowley case of 1982 challenged the way special needs students are treated in the classroom. This lesson will examine the case and will end with a brief quiz to test what you have learned.
4. Mills v. Board of Education of District of Columbia: Summary & Significance
Did you know that there was a time when certain students could not attend school simply because of the way they were born? This lesson will discuss how all students were given a right to free, public education.
5. Honig v. Doe: Summary & Significance
In this lesson, we explore the Supreme Court decision Honig v. Doe. We discuss the initial events that led to the case, how the Supreme Court and lower courts ruled, and its implications for the future.
6. Education for All Handicapped Children Act: Summary & Impact
With all the different types of people out there, how do we make sure that every child gets a good education? In this lesson, we'll examine one of the laws that tries to answer that question: the Education for All Handicapped Children Act of 1975.
7. What Are Section 504 Regulations & Accommodations in Public Schools?
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is a critical piece of legislation designed to protect individuals with disabilities. In this video, we will explore the components of Section 504 as well as how it impacts school-aged students.
8. Constitutional Rights of Students & Parents in Educational Settings
As Americans, our government guarantees us certain rights regardless of age, religion, gender, race, and disabilities. In this lesson, we'll discuss some of the rights held by students and parents within a school setting.
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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