HISTORY OF SPECIAL EDUCATION IN THE USA

IDEA was first passed in 1975 as Federal legislation. However, its history began much before that. The history of special education and learning disabilities is an interesting one. It was activists and allies who paved the way, and we must soldier on for them.

While I don’t excuse anyone’s behavior or the turmoil that accompanies the IEP process, understanding where we came from helps give a new perspective and many special needs parents today, out there fighting the IEP battles, you all were born well after 1975 and may not know the history. 

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