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Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


Educational Administration and Higher Education

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For decades, people with disabilities have been fighting for equal access to schools, jobs and the market place. Disabled people throughout the United States desired legislation that would guarantee them the rights of full inclusion into the mainstream of American life. As a result, the Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law by President George Bush on July 26, 1990. The purpose of this act was to provide a clear and comprehensive national mandate to end discrimination against people with disabilities; The purpose of this study was to measure how the twenty largest school districts in the United States have been impacted by Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act requirement that they make reasonable accommodations to classroom teachers with disabilities. A survey was sent out to the ADA compliance directors of each school district. The survey collected information on the demographics of each ADA compliance director, the number of accommodations requests, the number of accommodations granted, types of accommodations, cost factors and the development of job descriptions; Findings from this study indicate, that although ADA was enacted in 1990, some school districts have not taken the appropriate actions to comply with the law. The findings also indicate that a wide range of accommodations are being granted but costs are impacting school districts greater than predicted.


Accommodations; Act; American; Classroom; Disability; Disabilities; Districts; Impact; Make; Requirement; School; Teachers

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School management and organization; Law; Education--Finance

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5478.4 KB

Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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