An initial set of state laws were enacted to provide education for deaf, blind, and intellectually disabled individuals to be provided within public day schools.
1900-Michigan and Wisconsin only two states to have established day schools for individuals who are deaf.
1909- Indiana, N. Carolina, N. Dakota, Ohio, Utah, and Washington mandate schooling for students who are deaf or blind
1911- Massachusetts and New Jersey require individuals with intellectual disabilities to be educated. New Jersey also passed the first set of laws for the right to public education for individuals who are deaf and/or blind.
1914- Maryland passes state-wide allowance of special education classes, at the local county's prudence
New York and Massachusetts, in 1917 and 1920 respectively, require local school boards to account for students with special needs and to provide special classes for 10 or more individuals with intellectual disabilities.
1919-Iowa passes a law requiring appropriate care for individuals with disabilities.
1921- Introduction of state aid for special education in Wisconsin, Louisiana, and Ohio.
1915-1923- Minnesota, Illinois, Wyoming, Missouri, Connecticut, Washington, and Oregon impose laws allowing local governments to set the pace for their special education programs as they best see fit.
1930- Maryland introduces state aid for special education.