From Social Reform to Technical Management

Colin Ong-Dean

in Distinguishing Disability

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print May 2009 | ISBN: 9780226630007
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226630021 | DOI:
From Social Reform to Technical Management

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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

Chapter.  10665 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Schools Studies

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