ERIC Number: ED067779
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Oct-10
Reference Count: 0
A Continuing Summary of Pending and Completed Litigation Regarding the Education of Handicapped Children.
Abeson, Alan, Ed.
Reported are summaries of 27 legal cases substantiating the right of handicapped children to equal protection under the law including the right of being provided with an education, and full rights of notice and due process in relation to their selection, placement, and retention in educational programs. Nineteen of the cases concern the right to an education, five the right to treatment, and three placement. Relevant facts concerning the plaintiffs are examined as well as the court pronouncements. Plaintiffs for the right to education seek such measures as a declaration that the provision of unequal amounts of tuition money depending on the category of handicap is unconstitutional, and a permanent injunction requiring educational programs for the retarded in schools, institutions, hospitals, and homes with all costs being charged to the responsible public agency. Cases about treatment protest such elements of institutional life as overcrowding, questionable medical research, lack of qualified personnel, and brutality. Considered are allegations that black children have been inappropriately classified as educable mentally retarded, and that the disproportionate number of bilingual children enrolled in classes for the mentally handicapped indicates inadequate placement procedures. (GW)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Education for the Handicapped (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Council for Exceptional Children, Reston, VA. Information Center on Exceptional Children.