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Disabled Education: A Critical Analysis of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

Ruth Colker


Enacted in 1975, the Education for All Handicapped Children Act—now called the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)—provides all children with the right to a free and appropriate public education. On the face of it, the IDEA is a shining example of law's democratizing impulse. But is that really the case? This book digs beneath the IDEA's surface and reveals that the IDEA contains flaws that were evident at the time of its enactment that limit its effectiveness for poor and minority children. Both an expert in disability law and the mother of a child with a hearing impairment, th ... More

Keywords: poor children, Education for All Handicapped Children Act, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, IDEA, public education, minority children, special education, learning disability

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780814708101
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814708101.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ruth Colker, author