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Distinguishing DisabilityParents, Privilege, and Special Education$
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Colin Ong-Dean

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780226630007

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226630021.001.0001

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From Social Reform to Technical Management

From Social Reform to Technical Management

The Legal Evolution of the Education for All Handicapped Children Act of 1975

(p.13) Chapter One From Social Reform to Technical Management
Distinguishing Disability

Colin Ong-Dean

University of Chicago Press

This chapter examines how and why the Education for All Handicapped Children Act of 1975 (EAHCA) and its successor, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), have fallen short of ambitious promises for social reform. It explains that the educational rights of disabled children, established in the Act (EAHCA), arose within a broad context of social reform and highlights the limitations of the provisions of EAHCA. This chapter argues that the EAHCA has only succeeded in enabling parents to raise individualized, technical disputes over their children's disability diagnoses and needs.

Keywords:   Education for All Handicapped Children Act, Individuals with Disabilities Education act, educational reform, social reform, disabled children, special education, educational rights, disability diagnoses

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