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Education Laws, Federal: Impact on Education of the Deaf

  • By: Jess Freeman King
  • In: The SAGE Deaf Studies Encyclopedia
  • Edited by: Genie Gertz & Patrick Boudreault
  • Subject:Physical Disabilities, Otorhinolaryngology (Ears, Nose, & Throat)

In examining federal laws that impact the education of the deaf child, one needs to begin with the sweeping educational acts of the 1960s and the enactment of Public Law 94-142 (1975), then trace this law’s amendments up to the present.

Public Law 88-352 (The Civil Rights Act—1964)

Following on the heels of the Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka decision of 1954, which paved the way for integration and was a major victory for the civil rights movement, this law authorized the Commissioner of Education to arrange for support for institutions of higher education and required school districts to provide in-service programs for assisting instructional staff in dealing with problems caused by segregation, that is, lower educational expectations, lower educational and occupational attainment, and resultantly, ...

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