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date: 22 February 2020

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This chapter outlines several laws that are key to the education and lives of deaf and hard-of-hearing (DHH) children and their families: the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Elementary and Secondary Education Act/No Child Left Behind (ESEA/NCLB) Act,  Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. It discusses the requirements of each law, those places where the laws intersect, and possible directions these laws could take in the future. It describes the evolution of the IDEA from a law that required that students with disabilities be educated, to one that brings their education in line with that of nondisabled children. It outlines the accountability provisions of ESEA/NCLB and the efforts being made to ensure that this law achieves its goal; that is, to bring the achievement of students from disadvantaged groups, including those with disabilities, up to par with that attained by non-disadvantaged students. It addresses the ADA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, laws that also have application outside of the education setting.

Keywords: education, legal rights, achievement

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