This volume in The SAGE Reference Series on Disability explores education issues for people with disabilities and is one of eight volumes in the cross-disciplinary and issues-based series, which examines topics central to the lives of individuals with disabilities and their families. With a balance of history, theory, research, and application, specialists set out the findings and implications of research and practice for others whose current or future work involves the care and/or study of those with disabilities, as well as for the disabled themselves. The concise, engaging presentational style emphasizes accessibility. Taken individually, each volume sets out the fundamentals of the topic it addresses, accompanied by compiled data and statistics, recommended further readings, a guide to organizations and associations, and other annotated resources, thus providing the ideal introductory platform and gateway for further study. Taken together, the series represents both a survey of major disability issues and a guide to new directions and trends and contemporary resources in the field as a whole.

Chronology of Critical Events

Chronology of Critical Events

Chronology of critical events
Mary-ElizabethGlass, Chen-chenChengCherylHanley-Maxwell, and LanaCollet-Klingenberg

The events of history related to disability and the education of children with disabilities (a.k.a. special education) are closely intertwined. This chapter presents a chronology of some of the major milestones in those histories.


The Connecticut/American Asylum for the Education and Instruction of Deaf and Dumb Persons (later referred to as the American Asylum) opens as the first permanent school for individuals with disabilities.


The American Asylum introduces trade teaching as part of its curriculum on April 15.


The New England Asylum for the Blind begins instruction and becomes known for its educational successes with blind students, the most famous of whom are Laura Bridgman and Helen Keller. The school is currently known as the Perkins School ...

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