EHA - Education for All Handicapped Children Act
In 1975 the United States Congress enacted the EHA or the Education for Handicapped Act into Public Law. The complete title for the act is the Education for All Handicapped Children Act.
The qualification for a disabled student is a student that has either mental or physical disabilities. A lesson plan must be created for each of these types of students and the main goal is to make these lesson plans as much like those of able bodied and able minded students as possible.
School districts must also have a official division in place to administer complaints made by parents of students with disabilities, in the case where their education is not being provided in a fair manner. A dispute system is in place for parents to resolve their complaints.
This act was designed to give the parents the exclusive method to seek remedies to any obstacles in a fair education for their disabled child. Eventually this act was changed to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act in 1990 which can be called IDEA.
The changes involved the scope of early intervention, services for children with disabilities and special education. The scope of IDEA is a legal remedy that concerns the states and their pubic schools offering good educational remedies from the beginning of a disabled child's schooling to through the high school level. The theme of IDEA evolved from EHA as the case law on the federal level tackled the problem of public schools providing those with disabilities a similar opportunity as all students have to learn and achieve at the same level that their fellow non disabled students work on a daily basis.
As recently as December 2004, more amendments of significance have evolved in the law. Regulatory language was introduced further into the IDEA statutes. The details and terms are laid out in the Code of Federal Regulations in the part 300 through 301 of Title 34. To build on the original purpose of EHA and IDEA in 2004, Congress detailed the intentions of the amendments to be that each child with a disability will be given a Free Appropriate Public Education that will give them the foundation they need to become employed and live an independent life.
Before this EHA was created in law, children with special needs were being excluded completely from the public education system. There were some 1 million children with disabilities left with no access. Now more than 6 million children with disabilities are receiving the valuable educational skills they need.
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