The inclusion of individuals with disabilities, both in schools and in the community, has changed significantly over the last 100 years. This has been influenced by a variety of events, court cases, and laws. It is important for special education teachers to be aware of what has instigated these changes. In addition, special education teachers need to be knowledgeable of the laws that are related to special education and how they will affect service delivery to special education students.
Part 1: Timeline
Create a timeline of the history of special education from the late 1800s to the current year. Include 10-12 major events, laws, and court cases that, in your opinion, have influenced special education. Provide a 25-50 word description of each factor in the timeline and a rationale for your selection.
Part 2: Summary
In 250-500 words summarize the changes in special education portrayed in the timeline. Emphasize the two key special education laws, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Discuss how each has influenced the inclusion of individuals with disabilities in the educational setting.
In addition, reflect upon how knowledge of special education history will affect ethical decisions in your future professional practice.
Cite the “Special Education Professional Ethical Principles” to support your stance.