Divide the class into four groups and assign one of the following pieces or sections of federal legislation to each group. It is their responsibility to research the law, summarize its key provisions, relate the provisions to the school setting, and create an effective means to share their information with their classmates. Possible websites for research are listed in Resources section of the lesson.
1. Section 504, Rehabilitation Act of 1973
2. Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), 1990
3. Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), 1997
4. Americans with Disabilities Act
After each group has presented, have the groups collaborate on the creation of a timeline that traces the development of America’s caring for those with handicapping conditions.
Federal Disabilities Legislation
Section 504, Rehabilitation Act
Overview of ADA, IDEA, Section 504
Public Law 94-142
Federal Laws Governing Education for Exceptional Students
This lesson was developed by Bette Brooks, Kent State University.