However, the shift in practice happened more slowly.
For one, in 1990 Congress passed one of the greatest civil rights bills in U. history: The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
For example, the growth in autism diagnoses is largely due to diagnostic shifts in the Western world.Moreover, our school systems now offer a variety of models to discover the least restrictive environment (LRE) to provide a free and appropriate public education (FAPE), thanks to the 1975 Education for All Handicapped Children Act (EHA) and a series of reauthorizations, renamings and some expansions.All schools have to do is the minimum and they can skate right on by. My son, Nico, has Down syndrome and has just finished second grade at a lovely public elementary school in a suburb of Chicago.His teachers and the school’s support team are well trained and appear to be people of goodwill.Buses and trains are almost completely accessible now.
Access to universities and schools [is] much better.” The ADA also changed attitudes.
“The ADA over the past 25 years has been a success in creating a more accessible environment,” Lennard Davis, the author of “Enabling Acts,” wrote in a recent email.
“Access to communications for blind and deaf people have improved dramatically.
These outcomes reflected the social and medical norms of their times.
Today we’re much better at diagnosing disabilities.
The percentage of students with individualized education programs, who spend more than 80 percent of their time in typical class, has risen from 55 to 62 percent since 2006, according to the Department of Education.