Date of Award


Degree Type

Creative Project

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Family, Consumer, and Human Development

Committee Chair(s)

Shelley Lindauer


Shelley Lindauer


The Education of the Handicapped Act Amendment of 1968 (Public Law 99-457) has been cited as one of the major factors in national policy for educating young children with disabilities nationwide. It offers eligible families and children the right that, through program implementation, dissemination, research, model demonstrations, teacher training, and technical assistance, all will obtain free and appropriate special education services (Mack, 1988). Public influence on the educational system has come from parents with handicapped children and advocacy groups who have an invested interest in this population. However, only in the past three decades has the federal government exerted any significant influence on the educational community to provide programs and guidelines for eligible children (Gallagher, 1989).