50 Years of Special Education Law

Trace the Evolution of Special Education Law: A 50-Year Retrospective

This detailed infographic provides a visual chronicle of the significant milestones in special education law over the last five decades. Beginning with the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, this timeline features landmark legislations, critical amendments, and groundbreaking court decisions that have collectively shaped the landscape of special education as we know it today.
  • Rehabilitation Act of 1973: Section 504 sets the stage for prohibiting discrimination based on disability.
  • Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA): Mandates and continually redefines Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE).
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA): Broadens the scope of protection beyond education.
  • Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District: Elevates expectations for what IEPs must achieve.
This timeline serves as an informative recap of the past and underscores the ongoing commitment required to advance educational equity. For special education leaders, it’s a testament to progress and a beacon for future advocacy. Dive into this enriching historical perspective to fortify your leadership – fill the short form and download your copy of the infographic today!