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Adults with Special Needs

Laws and Rights

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Over the past several decades, civilian and military advocates have worked to bring about legal, medical, and social changes to address the needs of individuals with special needs. These pioneers have paved the way for improved services and resources in many areas and have encouraged the passage of three important laws: the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the Rehabilitation Act (Sections 504 and 508). These laws are designed to protect the rights of individuals with special needs and allow them to enjoy equal opportunities, independent living, community participation, and economic self-sufficiency. Select each link to learn more.

Individuals with Disabilities Act (I D E A)
Americans with Disabilities Act (A D A)
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
Equal Opportunity
Independent Living
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