Diagnostic Criteria for Attention Deficit Disorder
The term Attention Deficit Disorder is included for the first time in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.
American's with Disabilities Act Becomes Law
The ADA is considered the most important civil rights law since Title 504 and has cross-disability support, bringing disability-specific organizations, advocates, and supporters all together for the same cause.
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
The IDEA substituted the term disability for the term handicap and made the law more user friendly by incorporating "people first language". The law also clarified and added types of related services, assistive technology and rehabilitation services.
No Child Left Behind Act
NCLB mandated at all public schools bring every student up to state standards in reading and math within a certain period of time, thus closing the achievement gap.
Funding for Youth Information Centers
The Administration for Developmental Disabilities begins to fund Youth Information Centers
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act
The IDEA 2004 builds on NCLB by emphasizing increased accountability for student performance at the classroom, school, and school district levels.