Success in life depends on education. Historically children with birth defects and other chronic diseases were exempt from going to school to be protected from excess activities and exposure to infections. This seemingly protective attitude imposed a major personal and societal disadvantage for many young persons. In recent years attitudes changed dramatically with supportive legislation for improvements in the life outlook of all children with disabilities.

In the United States legislation provided support for all persons with disabilities to achieve:

  • Equal opportunity and civil rights
  • Individually appropriate education
  • Vocational preparation for successful entry into the work force

See Legislation in Support of Persons with Disabilities