Attitude, Legislation, and Litigation

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Attitude, Legislation, and Litigation Grand Canyon University: SPE-226 Attitude, Legislation, and Litigation Life has always presented inevitable struggle and hardships for humanity, but society has learned to cope and even triumph in times of trouble. However, one must question the quality of life for the disabled if they have no control of their life or environment. Historically speaking special needs individuals have struggled with more than just their disability. Living in unaccepting world they faced cruel and unusual treatments in response to their disabilities. It was not until later on that the treatment of disabled individuals was addressed and the passing of laws in favor of these people changed their lives forever. Attitude Today special needs individuals are treated as valued members of society. Some even live on their own and work. They are just as entitled to an education as anyone else in society. Many if not all receive appropriate services to help them live long and happy lives to the extent possible that would not have been provided just over forty years ago. However, that is not to say everything is perfect. There are still unaccepting people and lack of resources to help support disabled students learn academics and life skills. Throughout the passage of time people with varying disabilities were subjected to mistreatment, abuse, and humiliation. From the 1200s to 1700s many of special needs people were treated as if they were possessed. Thus, “they were routinely whipped, tortured, and burned at the stake” (Griffin 2007 p. 1). Those with disabilities were even sterilized when the Eugenics movement started picking up speed. Fortunately, society gradually changed for the better with the efforts of some good Samaritans, starting as far back as mid 1550’s with the efforts of Girlamo as he “was the first physician to recognize the

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