The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) fostered a revolution in primary and secondary school treatment of disabled students. The Act required schools to mainstream disabled students into classrooms with their peers, while providing assistive equipment and support services. Mainstreaming disabled students into classrooms doesn't just help the disabled student with academic and social skills. One study shows that classrooms including disabled students also help non-disabled students. IDEA also protected disabled students from discipline, recognizing that school officials were mistaking disability behaviors for misconduct and wrongly punishing disabled students where support services were the appropriate answer. Congress pursued a hugely laudable goal when adopting IDEA. IDEA's implementation has largely achieved that goal. But individual disabled students still face wrongful discipline simply because of the manifestation of their disabilities and inadequate school support and services. If your disabled student faces school discipline relating to your student's disability, retain national school attorney Joseph D. Lento and the Lento Law Firm's student defense team to defend and defeat those charges. Learn and deploy the power of IDEA's protective framework for your disabled student.
Congress enacted IDEA's predecessor, the Education for All Handicapped Children Act (EAHCA), way back in 1975. Before EAHCA's 1975 passage, many state laws effectively barred students with certain disabilities like deafness, blindness, and emotiona