The first federal civil right law that protected individuals with disabilities.
The Education for the Handicapped Act
November 29, 1975
The EHA guaranteed that children with disabilities, ages 5-21, would receive free and appropriate public education and would be designed to meet their unique education needs.
January 01, 1986
In January of 1986, the EHA was amended to include ages 0-5 in their programs for infants and toddlers.
Technology Related Assistance to Individuals with Disabilities Act
Jan 01, 1988
The Tech Act provided federal funds to states to develop training and delivery systems for assistive technology devices and services. This Act provided the first definition of assisitive devices and services, and provided availability of assistive devices and services to all individuals.
January 01, 1990
In January 1990, the Education for all Handicapped Children Act was amended and the name was changed to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. The overall goals was to ensure that all students received the same educational opportunities, whether they are handicapped or not.
Americans with Disability Act
July 26, 1990
The ADA provided full civil rights to Americans with disabilities. Discrimination of an individual based on their disability was strictly prohibited in employment, transportation, public housing, and state and government services.
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
October 30, 1990
The IDEA added on to the Tech Act by clearly outlining the school district's responsibility to provide assistive technology to students with disabilities.
Assistive Technology Act
January 01, 1998
The Tech Act amendment states that technology is a valuable tool that can greatly improve the lives of disabled Americans. Extended funding of the 50 states create permanent , comprehensive, statewide programs of technology related assistance
IDEA Improvement Act
January 24, 2004
IDEA was reauthorized to address the definition of Assistive Technology to exclude surgically implanted medical devices or replacement of such devices.