In 1970, U.S. schools educated only one in five children with disabilities, and many states had laws that excluded certain students, including children with deafness, blindness, emotional disturbances or intellectual disabilities. Today, early intervention programs and services are provided to over 388,000 eligible infants and toddlers and their families, while almost 7 million children and youth receive special education and related services. The majority of these children are now educated in their neighborhood schools in regular classrooms with their non-disabled peers. High school graduation, post-secondary school enrollment and employment rates are higher than they have ever been for students with disabilities.
The Education section of the P2P Roadmap to Success contains information about the education laws that govern the way students with disabilities receive an education. Here, parents can watch videos and access information on everything from special education eligibility to understanding an Individual Education Plan (IEP). Also included are sections on the rights of the parent, what to do if you disagree with the school and how to become more involved with your child’s education. In addition, there is information on school discipline and private and non-traditional schools.